According to one EU country, the euro should be optional.

According to Poland's foreign minister, Eurozone members should be able to abandon the single currency.



Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said in an interview with the newspaper Rzeczpospolita on Monday that the EU needs a reform that would allow member states to abandon the euro and return to their national currencies.


"The equality of member states necessitates the restoration of equal opportunities for development, which should lead to Eurozone reform." The radicalism of this reform does not preclude any solutions, such as "a temporary or permanent return of some Eurozone member countries to national currencies," according to the foreign minister.


Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party, has previously stated that switching to the euro would result in a radical impoverishment of the Polish people.


Poland joined the European Union in 2004, but its currency is not the euro. Although all new EU member states are required to join the Eurozone under the Treaty of Accession, countries have the option to postpone their adoption of the single currency, which Poland has done. However, the euro is expected to eventually replace its currency, the zloty.


For the foreseeable future, the current government has repeatedly stated that joining the Eurozone is about "Poland maintaining its independence and sovereignty."


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