WSJ: Euro’s Popularity Hits Record Low in Poland
Only 12% of Poles would like their country to join the euro zone, a poll showed Tuesday revealing that support for the European Union’s single currency is at the lowest level on record in Poland. Nearly a third of Poles said Poland should never adopt the euro.
The Polish public was widely in favor of joining the European Union in a 2003 referendum on the accession treaty that also obliged the country to eventually adopt the euro. Until the euro’s crisis, the majority of those polled thought abandoning the zloty was a good idea.
The Polish government plans to meet criteria for euro-zone entry by 2015, but it doesn’t have an adoption target. Its officials have said the euro wasn’t safe to enter now, while the Polish central bank governor, Marek Belka, said Poland wouldn’t adopt the currency during his term, which ends in 2016.
But the majority of the Polish public, 58%, is against joining at this time, while nearly a third said Poland shouldn’t join, ever, a TNS Polska opinion poll quoted by daily Gazeta Wyborcza showed Tuesday.