Polish PM warns against EU superstate and vows to take on Big Tech censorship

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has insisted that Europe must remain a “Europe of homelands” working together to succeed and vowed to protect free speech in an enlightening interview with U.S media outlet Newsweek.

In the wide-ranging discussion with the American news site, Mr Morawiecki was asked about the Brexit effect on the future of the European Union and whether or not the bloc can get back on track.

“It is quite fractured,” the Polish prime minister said of the union and warned that if Europe wants to be a superpower, “we should not expect that there will be one ‘United States of Europe’ because it will never be.”

“There are 27 countries, and several more closely aligned that are not belonging to the European Union, but all of which have strong identities, cultural heritages, languages and traditions,” Morawiecki explained, adding that “for Europe to be strong, it has to be a Europe of homelands.

“It cannot be one superpower, because if that is the case, there will be frictions and tensions that are going to grow even bigger if those from Brussels, Berlin or Paris would try to push all the others toward such a state.”

The Pole explained that the European Union can be a superpower through independent countries agreeing common strategies toward global powers such as China, “without this meaning a one-size-fits-all type of philosophy that some Eurocrats from Brussels seem to believe in.”

Turning to the fight against Big Tech censorship, Morawiecki was asked for an update on domestic legislative reform announced earlier this year designed to protect Polish citizens’ rights to free speech.

The world-leading legislation would forbid the tech giants from deleting material that doesn’t violate Polish law, with users having legal recourse if they’re muzzled by the Silicon Valley firms.

Writing back in January, Morawiecki warned that “the censoring of free speech, once the domain of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, is now back, but in a new form, run by corporations, who silence those who think differently.”

Speaking to Newsweek, the Polish prime minister confirmed the legislation was “still being cooked in the Polish parliament” but that the government remained fully committed to the proposals and would be prepared to implement them with or without support from Brussels.

“We are quite determined for this to work—either together with Brussels, or on our own to go ahead with this if need be,” he confirmed.

Morawiecki recognised that the corporations setting rules on free speech and censorship are “really the master of destiny for society and for nation states”, adding: “It is no longer the governments that can have this competence over the setting of the rules. Huge international corporations in the area of the digital world, in particular, are setting the rules very often that are suitable for themselves, which may not always be a social good.”

He called on other nation states to “now be very active in eliminating censorship and eliminating monopolistic powers” of Big Tech companies who he claims now have dominance over the lives of citizens across the world.