Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic want to bundle their scientific potential more closely. That is the conclusion of a two-day conference of the three countries that began on Friday in Dresden. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) considered joint efforts by all EU states to develop key technologies to be essential. “The competition for the technologies of the future continues to pick up speed in the world (…)” “I think it is very important that the member states of the European Union pull together and that we pool our strengths.”
According to Karliczek, Germany will play the role of bridge builder. “Right now, in closer cooperation with Poland and the Czech Republic in science and research, I see tremendous potential to forcefully advance the strengthening of technological sovereignty from within the European Union.” Challenges such as climate change, digitization and demographic development need to be addressed. “This includes in particular that we build new economic cycles in the coal regions affected by structural change by investing in research and development and create high-quality jobs with attractive prospects on site.”
Research, innovation and science as life insurance
The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble also traveled to the start of the conference in the Transparent VW factory in Dresden. In the words of Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU), the aim is to build the triangle of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic into an “innovation driver with international appeal”. Research, innovation and science are life insurance.
Kretschmer also addressed the current conflict between Poland and the EU. Poland’s constitutional court ruled on Thursday that parts of EU law are incompatible with the Polish constitution. He sees with concern a conflict that is getting stronger and “in which I also believe that those who operate in Brussels are not doing everything right,” said Kretschmer. Poland is a strong country and is very much needed in the EU. It is important to find a common way out of “this difficult time”. They are on one side with Poland on this issue, if not always of the same opinion.
“A good neighbor is better than many bad relatives”
Schäuble warned against repeating in Europe “what we did not do very well in the course of German unification”. Cohesion is only possible in respectful interaction with one another. It is probably true that Western Europeans sometimes “appear a little too opinionated” towards Eastern Europe. It is important to always discuss with partners and neighbors on an equal footing. “We have to listen, we have to argue, but we shouldn’t want to teach anyone. No one is served with a further split,” said Schäuble, referring to a Hungarian proverb: “A good neighbor is better than many bad relatives.”
Morawiecki did not address the conflict in his speech. Rather, he described in detail the transformation process in his country. Poland does not want to imitate and repeat trends, but to shape it itself.