In the interview for portal Dorzeczy.pl, Rafał Ziemkiewicz commented on the recent attempts to realize the goal of transforming the European Union into a European state, which he warned could end with the European Union’s dissolution. Ziemkiewicz said he believes that the conflict over Brussels tying EU funds to rule of law is the most serious manifestation of this new push. “I see it as an external expression of something truly dangerous – an attempt to transform the EU from an international organization into a European state.
The creators of this project, the socialists with Martin Schulz at their head, have spoken of this for years,” he said. The author explained that these political actors call the project the “United States of Europe” but in reality, it would be a Union of European socialist republics, as it would be based around imposing a central government on nation states. “This is very dangerous to Europe itself because at the moment if a break in the standard of living has taken place and a process of Balkanization of Europe may take place, which will lead to its dissolution. These are the fruits of socialism,” he said. Ziemkiewicz warned that because the competencies of the EU institutions are not clear, in the event of a collapse or crisis, citizens would not know who is responsible for what, which would leave people unable to know who to hold accountable. Given that many of the most powerful positions in EU institutions are not elected, it would further disempower people across Europe to steer their future. He emphasized that the construction of a European state will lead to tensions which the new state would not be able to control. These tensions would be accompanied by ideological extremism supported by incorrect economic assumptions, such as a belief that green energy or the “Green New Deal” can build a wealthy society. He feels that due to projects such as green energy, Europe will lose its competitiveness and this will lead to the drop in its standard of living.
Ziemkiewicz drew comparisons with how the Soviets looked at the problems of socialism and believes that European politicians are reacting in the same way to issues with integration, which is “If there are problems with integration, then the answer must be more integration”. Sejm RP According to Rafał Ziemkiewicz, “there is a chance for Poland to fight for its independence if it uses its geographical position to equalize European, American and Chinese influence”. Asked about a global perspective, Ziemkiewicz referred to how Biden’s victory will affect the United States’ position as the global hegemonic power. He thinks the US has shown itself as a stable country due to it system of checks and balances, despite its recent tribal divisions. However, the author emphasized, that the US is weakening due to technological reasons, as the newest tech appearing in China is a harbinger of their victory in the civilizational race. An example of this is how China is using 6G technology while the West has not even caught up in 5G.
The writer also explained what all of these processes mean for Poland — that they are both an opportunity, but also a threat. If Poland continues to believe as its elites do that EU membership is the pinnacle of Polish dreams, then Poland would become the “backwater of Europe” while Europe itself is becoming the backwater of the world. “In this version, we’d become a depopulating tiny country which supplies a workforce and which is a secondary market,” he said. On the other hand, there is a chance for Poland to fight for its independence if it uses its geographical position to help equalize European, American and Chinese influence. “We can be part of the new Silk Road, a door to Europe, while at the same time benefit from our interests with the US, which cares about the Three Seas Initiative, and we should use the ability for vertical communication from Scandinavia to Turkey,” he said. Ziemkiewicz added that the rise of Turkey was a very important geopolitical change compared to the 17th century and that the situation was very beneficial to Poland.