Now that Poland’s economy in terms of GDP is the 18th largest in the world, the country wants in to the exclusive Group of 20 (G20) club. The group is comprised of finance ministers and central bank governors from 19 countries as well as the European Union, and comprises 85 percent of the world’s GNP and four-fifths of the world’s trade.
“The place for my country is within the G20,” President Lech Kaczyński stated at a meeting in Warsaw on 2 February. As the largest of the 10 former communist nations that joined the EU in the past few years, the president believes Poland should have a voice in the group just like France, Germany, Italy and the UK. In 2009, Poland was the only country in the EU to avoid recession, with a positive growth of 1.7 percent.