Founding countries of the European Union are trying to shift to new members the responsibility for their trouble. About this article published by the newspaper Rzeczpospolita, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland Witold Waszczykowski.
“We protest against such rhetoric, we believe that, as States that were originally included in the EU and the countries that joined the European Union 13 years ago, benefiting from the integration processes in economic, geopolitical and social”, — he explained.
The head of the Polish foreign Ministry said that Warsaw opposes a “Europe of different speeds”. According to Waszczykowski, only the “EU one speed”, which includes all member States and which takes into account the interests of the whole community, can respond to modern challenges.
The idea of a Europe of “different speeds” lies in the possibility of coexistence within the EU of States which are in varying degrees integrated into the community. This concept is shared by Germany, Italy, France and Spain, however, it causes dissatisfaction among a number of countries in Eastern Europe.
The number of countries outside the EU has increased from six (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Italy) to 28 as a result of successive extensions. The most ambitious was the fifth enlargement in 2004, when the EU was joined by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus and Malta. They considered to be new members of the European Union.