Radek Sikorski’s widely published comments asking for Germany to use its power 72 years after its invasion of Poland have caused an uproar in his home country, forcing the prime minister to step into the fray to back him. Here’s what he had to say:
“I will probably be the first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is,” Sikorski said in Berlin on Monday at a meeting at the German Society for Foreign Affairs. “I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity.
“What, as Poland’s foreign minister, do I regard as the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of Poland today? It’s not terrorism, it’s not the Taliban, and it’s certainly not German tanks. It’s not even Russian missiles which President Medvedev has just threatened to deploy on the EU’s border. The biggest threat to the security and prosperity of Poland would be the collapse of the eurozone.”
“And I demand of Germany that, for your own sake and for ours, you help it survive and prosper. You know full well that nobody else can do it. As a Pole and a European, here in Berlin, I say: the time to act is now. Because of your size and your history you have a special responsibility to preserve peace and democracy on the continent.”
He went on to make a very strong appeal to Britain to support the proposed reforms recalling that the British gave the union its common language, the brilliant idea of the Single Market, but also that the British would only lose if the eurozone collapsed. Pointedly he remarked, “are you sure markets will always favour you?”
“We would prefer you in, but if you can’t join, please allow us to forge ahead. And please start explaining to your people that European decisions are not Brussels’ diktats but results of agreements in which you freely participate.”
Are you listening Mr Cameron? Angela and Dave – step up to the mark!