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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for CNN: the transfer of tanks by Germany is a matter of critical importance

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The transfer of tanks by Germany may change the situation in Ukraine, Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with CNN. The Prime Minister assessed that the Germans were delaying the aid because many politicians “are still embedded in the previous era”.

– Whether Germany finally decide to hand over their tanks is a critical issue and could turn things around Ukraine – said the Prime Minister in an interview with CNN on Wednesday Mateusz Morawiecki.

In an interview with Richard Quest, the Polish Prime Minister emphasized that the Polish government was the first to offer these tanks and “now we encourage and inspire others, especially Germans, to give their best.”

He added that more important than Berlin’s permission to re-export tanks was whether Germany would send its own machines.

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Germans ‘need to reinvent themselves’

– It’s not just about allowing or not allowing permission or not permission. The critical issue is whether the Germans will finally give their share of heavy and modern tanks. And that is the main question. These 14 (Polish) additional tanks to the 250 already donated don’t change the game. But if France, and especially Germany, and some other countries gave 20-30 tanks each, it could make a difference, said the Prime Minister.

Mateusz Morawiecki in an interview with Richard Quest from CNN in Davos2023 Cable News Network All Right Reserved

At the same time, he assessed that the delay of the Germans is due to the fact that “many German politicians are still embedded in the previous era” and bet everything on one card, betting on gas from Russia.

– They put everything in one bag called Russian gas. And this one is full now, but what is in the bag is not in the best condition. And now they have to reinvent themselves. And that is why they are gradually hesitating and procrastinating and do not fully support them, Morawiecki said.

Morawiecki on KPO: I am a cautious optimist

When asked about the prospects of unlocking funds from the National Reconstruction Plan for Poland through the amendment to the law on the Supreme Court, Morawiecki said that he was “cautious optimist” on this issue, “once the president signs it”.

Mateusz MorawieckiPAP/Radek Pietruszka

At the suggestion that the president Andrzej Duda could veto the bill, the Prime Minister replied that only time would tell. As they say, we’ll live and see. It is, of course, his prerogative.

Morawiecki on elections and the risk of recession in Poland

Morawiecki also rejected Quest’s suggestion that the polls indicate a likely loss of power by PiS, and that the Polish economy is facing a recession.

– I think you have bad notes. The last year is (…) 4.5-5 percent. GDP growth of 1-2% this year growth. I know that Germany is facing a recession, probably Italy, maybe Great Britain, but not Poland, he argued.

– We have the lowest level of unemployment in history, this is our huge achievement, a the public debt is under control. The budget deficit is under control, he added.

Main photo source: 2023 Cable News Network All Right Reserved

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