Poland’s new Prime Minister has told his country to get ready to adopt the euro. Donald Tusk was speaking ahead of a parliamentary vote of confidence in the newly- installed coalition government involving his Civic Platform and the centrist Peasants’ Party. Joining the European currency was one of his main campaign policies.
Tusk also promised economic liberalisation by cutting red tape, lowering taxes and speeding up privatisation. In order to further Poland’s euro ambitions, the new premier plans to cap the budget deficit and reduce public debt. Tusk also called on Poland’s central bank to do what it can to encourage growth and lower inflation.
Recent opinion polls showed large support for his vision of the future. But some analysts believe he faces battles with the more protectionist Peasants’ Party. He will also face opposition from President Lech Kaczynski over what he sees as “liberal” legislation.