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January 31, 2013   
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The discussion about Poland joining the eurozone is back. Though in our accession treaty we promised we would adopt the single European currency, the lack of a deadline leaves a huge amount of room for discussion: economic, legal and even political.

Generally speaking, there are two sides in the debate. One side says it is in favor, though not uncritically, the other is against, though not officially. This division roughly reflects the attitudes seen before Poland joined the EU. Apart from the ill-informed and those openly hostile to such a move, we had open supporters and those with doubts, who marched to voice their distrust and their patriotism and to defend Poland’s sovereignty. Both sides said, “Europe - yes, but…” and this was one of those classic cases when the same thing means something completely different, depending on who is saying it.

Today the situation is similar. Supporters and opponents of adopting the single currency are saying, “The euro - yes, but…” with completely different things in mind. The argumentation is similar, too: integration vs. sovereignty, patriotism vs. community.

Like the politicians, society is divided as well, in a more or less fifty-fifty split. It’s the politicians who are causing the divisions. Some are doing so because they have a vision of what is most in the country’s interests, others because they have a different vision and additionally see this dispute as a springboard that will propel them into power.

The business community—the people with the most at stake—are mostly in favor of Poland adopting the single currency.

The debate will grow in intensity because even if “D-Day” doesn’t come until somewhere around 2018, a decision about adopting the euro—a decision that will have an immediate, enormous impact—will have to be made much sooner. Preparing for a specific date involves resolving many issues—legal, economic and also political—today.
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