On Thursday, the former Prime Minister of Poland, Beata Szydło, resigned. This Monday she was succeeded by Mateusz Morawiecki, the Minister of Finance.
He criticizes “the lack of values that prevails in Western Europe”
On Friday, after learning that he would be the successor of Szydło, Morawiecki gave an interview to the program “Rozmów Niedokończonych” of the Catholic radio station Radio Maryja. During the interview, the new Prime Minister clearly explained his principles: “We are building Poland as a strong and efficient state, but also a state that incorporates universal values and Christian values. We will defend them, our singularity, against the backdrop, unfortunately, we must say, of laicization and the fall in the deepest consumerism, the lack of principles, the lack of values that prevails in Western Europe.” The new head of the Polish Government made emphasizing its commitment to spiritual values: “The countries of Western Europe have created a good living space for their citizens, but man does not live by bread alone,” he explained, which appealed to the “moral force of the nation” as “the supreme azimuth that guides us to our political field”.
He announces that his will is to Christianize Europe again
The same Friday, in an interview on the program “Rozmowy niedokończone” of the Catholic television channel Telewizja Trwam, Morawiecki said: “The most important thing for me is that the Lord gives me enough strength to serve Poland.” In relation to the EU, whose political elites – dominated by progressivism, both left and right – are having serious disagreements with Poland, Morawiecki declared bluntly: “We are part of the European Union, but we want to transform it, to re-Christianize it. This is my dream, because unfortunately in many places not only carols are not sung, but the churches are empty.”
“Poland will not succumb to any blackmail of the EU,” Morawiecki warns
In that television interview, Morawiecki also referred to one of the aspects that have generated disagreements between Brussels and Warsaw: the reception of refugees. The new Polish Prime Minister was very clear: “Poland will not succumb to any blackmail of the EU”. He recalled that Poland has welcomed refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine: “We helped, by accepting Ukrainian refugees, to discharge the tensions on the eastern flank of the European Union,” and lamented: “This is unfortunately overlooked.” Morawiecki attributed the current distribution of refugee quotas to the “weak coalition” government that Merkel formed with the Social Democrats in Germany, and noted that some important politicians “are already saying that this was a wrong policy.”
The aim of Morawiecki: “that our engineers do not have to pack their bags”
The new Prime Minister has also referred to his economic program, citing the facilities for entrepreneurs, the reindustrialization of the economy and support for innovation as the pillars of political action with which he wants to ensure the prosperity of Poland, in addition to attract foreign investment. In addition, he referred to working conditions: “it’s about having a decent job and a good salary, that our engineers do not have to pack their bags”. He also promised to focus his resources on “people” and “Polish families”.
Beata Szydło will remain in the government as Deputy Prime Minister
As for its predecessor, Beata Szydło, who enjoys great popularity in Poland, will remain in the government as Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs, a position she swore yesterday. Szydło is a devout Catholic – like a good part of the Polish population – and her eldest son, Tymoteusz, 25, is a priest. During her tenure, Szydło has stood out as a firm ruler in the face of Brussels’ pressures on migration, a policy that Morawiecki looks set to continue, although it is foreseeable that it will adopt a more economic profile.
A father of a large family who fought against the communist dictatorship
The new Prime Minister is 49 years old, married and the father of four children. His father, the physicist Kornel Morawiecki, was leader of the clandestine anti-communist group Solidarność Walcząca, created after the banning of the Solidarność trade union in 1982 under the communist dictatorship. Morawiecki also belonged to that clandestine group, which was considered an inheriting group of the Polish resistance of the Second World War. In the 1980s he was arrested several times by the communist authorities and suffered aggressions for his defense of freedom. He graduated in History from the University of Wrocław in 1992, obtaining in 1995 a master’s degree in business management at the Economics University of Wrocław. In the following years he worked in the world of banking, and was elected in 1998 as a member of the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish Parliament, after attending the elections with the conservative coalition Akcji Wyborczej Solidarność. In 2008 he became Honorary Consul of Ireland in Poland, and in 2010 he was appointed member of the Economic Council by the then Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. In March 2016 he joined the conservative party Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS), currently in power in Poland. He was appointed Minister of Development in November 2015, also taking over the Ministry of Finance and the post of Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland in September 2016.
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