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Poland becomes richer than Great Britain – Euractive DE

Poland becomes richer than Great Britain – Euractive DE

According to the latest data from the World Bank, Poland's GDP per capita will exceed that of the United Kingdom in five years. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk pledged to make this a reality on the 20th anniversary of Poland's EU membership.

“I promise: Poles will be richer than the British on the 25th anniversary. It's better to be in the European Union,” the prime minister wrote on Wednesday (May 1) in X, when Britain voted to leave the European Union in a close referendum, while he was president of the European Council.

During the Brexit referendum, Tusk became the most popular figure in the United Kingdom as President of the Council of the European Union. There he was portrayed as an opponent of then-Prime Minister Theresa May, who struggled to find a consensus between the arguments of Brussels and the demands of the national political scene.

A year ago, British Labor Party analysts warned that Britain's GDP could be $600 (562 euros) less than Poland's by 2030 if current trends continue.

Party leader Keir Starmer argued at the time that the UK was falling behind while its European neighbors to the east and states like France and Germany were getting richer.

Even then, Starmer cites World Bank data that shows average economic growth between 2010 and 2021 will be 0.5 percent for the United Kingdom and 3.6 percent for Poland. GDP per capita in both countries is 45,000 dollars (42,000 euros) and 35,000 dollars (33,000 euros) respectively.

Since Poland joined the European Union in 2004, its GDP has doubled, according to the Polish Ministry of Finance.

According to the Polish Economic Institute (PIE), Poland's GDP is 40 percent higher than if the country were not a member of the European Union.

According to estimates by Credit Agricole Bank Polska, GDP per capita will reach 99.6 percent of the EU average in 2033.

In 2004 it was just 51.5 percent, the third lowest figure in the European Union.

[Bearbeitet von Kjeld Neubert]