Incoming Polish PM: We won’t bow to ‘nasty threats’

Mateusz Morawiecki gives first interview since being nominated as Beata Szydło’s replacement.

New Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki



WARSAW — Poland’s new prime minister is in no hurry to introduce the euro and accused the EU of making “nasty threats.”

Mateusz Morawiecki also told the Catholic Telewizja Trwam television channel that his government would “take money away from mafias and give it to people.”

Morawiecki, of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), said that “pending approval of the party leadership” he would seek the support of parliament for his leadership on Tuesday. He said he planned to keep the government “almost identical” to that of outgoing prime minister Beata Szydło.

On Thursday evening, PiS switched out Szydło for Morawiecki, her deputy and the minister of economic development and finance.

“We are a part of the European Union but we want to transform it, to re-Christianize it” — Mateusz Morawiecki, incoming Polish PM 

Coming exactly half way through the government’s four-year term, the switch was personally pushed through by Jarosław Kaczyński, the PiS leader and most powerful politician in the country, over unusually loud protests from PiS leaders and rank and file members.

The prerecorded interview with Telewizja Trwam was aired Friday, just two hours after Morawiecki had been officially nominated as PM by President Andrzej Duda. He has given no other interviews since then.

“What is most important for me is that the Lord gives me enough strength to serve Poland,” Morawiecki told the priest who was conducting the interview.