Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has asked Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to travel to Kyiv. “I think he should do that,” Morawiecki told the WELT television station in Davos. “Because there is nothing like visiting the capital of the struggling nation to see the gravity of the situation, to get a sense of the importance of everything that is happening there.”

Ukraine is fighting for “our freedom, for the European idea, for the most important principles that we can only imagine,” emphasized Morawiecki. Everyone should be aware of this.

Morawiecki also called for more military support from Western European partners. Poland has done everything to quickly help Ukraine with weapons, and others should follow this example.

Germany did not want to explicitly point out Morawiecki as a problem, but there are “some countries in Western Europe” from which he expects more support. “I expect our partners in Western Europe to do the same because this is a turning point – not just in European history but in world history,” Morawiecki said.

It is quite obvious that the discussions here in Davos reveal something about the consciousness of Western Europe’s political elite and business leaders: “Even if many people here think differently than they did two years ago, I believe that some of our friends from Western Europe still have to do their homework.”

He has the feeling that many EU partners would like to return to the pre-war order. But that’s not possible, said Morawiecki: “We can’t expect the Ukrainians to give up. We should help them defend their freedom. Because if Putin wins, may God prevent that, it would be the end of this world. (…) We must not believe that there can be a return to ‘business as usual’. But I still have a feeling that some people in Western Europe are hoping for exactly that return.”

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda had previously accused Germany of breaking a word in an interview with the WELT news channel. Berlin promised to supply Warsaw with tanks because the Polish government had shipped its own stocks to Ukraine. “You haven’t kept that promise, and frankly, we’re very disappointed,” Duda said.