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Head of Poland's new political movement says strong Polish economy will energize all EU

  • The leader of Poland’s new political movement, ModernPL Association, economist Ryszard Petru  talks about the transparent way of financing that his movement is seeking, via online donations from supporters at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    The leader of Poland’s new political movement, ModernPL Association, economist Ryszard Petru talks about the transparent way of financing that his movement is seeking, via online donations from supporters at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • The leader of Poland’s new political movement, ModernPL Association, economist Ryszard Petru  talks about the transparent way of financing that his movement is seeking, via online donations from supporters at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    The leader of Poland’s new political movement, ModernPL Association, economist Ryszard Petru talks about the transparent way of financing that his movement is seeking, via online donations from supporters at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • The leader of Poland’s new political movement, ModernPL Association, economist Ryszard Petru, right, surrounded by followers at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, June 26, 2015, talks about the transparent way of financing that his movement is seeking, via online donations from supporters. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    The leader of Poland’s new political movement, ModernPL Association, economist Ryszard Petru, right, surrounded by followers at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, June 26, 2015, talks about the transparent way of financing that his movement is seeking, via online donations from supporters. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

The leader of Poland's new, pro-business political movement says that a strong economy in Poland would breathe new energy into the European Union and help it compete on the global level.

Ryszard Petru spoke to The Associated Press Friday after a news conference in which he sought online donations from supporters as a novel, transparent way of financing politics.

His movement, ModernPl Association, is hoping for some 20 percent of the votes in the fall general elections. Poland's political scene seems poised for a reshuffle, following the surprise win of opposition candidate Andrzej Duda in May's presidential election.

Petru, an economist, also spoke in favor of a free trade agreement with the United States, saying that would help boost cooperation in many areas.