The Straits Times
Published on Sep 03, 2012

Poland will join euro when crisis over: Minister


BERLIN (AFP) - Poland's foreign minister said his country will join the euro zone when the crisis-hit single currency bloc has resolved its problems, in an interview Monday with a German newspaper.

"We are ready to join when you have resolved your problems and when we can say to our people 'we can now safely join'," Mr Radoslaw Sikorski told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

"You can hardly blame us for not wanting to enter while the eurozone is in a grave crisis," he added.

Poland, which joined the European Union in 2004, has said it will meet Maastricht Treaty criteria for euro zone entry by 2015 but has refused to peg a date for abandoning the zloty because of the debt crisis.