Lech Walesa, who won the Nobel Harmony Prize in 1983 for his campaign for freedom of organisation in Poland during the control of iron curtain, called on Germany to take responsibility.
The call for the European rural area to take charge comes just days after pro-EU Emmanuel Macron won exceeding right-wing Marine Le Pen in France – a result hailed as one which will arrogate the survival of the bloc after Brexit.
Speaking to DW, Mr Walesa said: “Today, Germany is the most principled country in Europe.
“It should get rid of its complexes and take the lead.
Lech Walesa bid Germany must take charge in Europe
“As the biggest power, it has the responsibility to continue bringing Europe toward the orbit of progress.”
The astonishing claim Germany should lead Europe arises as the French president-elect made it clear where his loyalties lie as his first on duty after being declared the winner was to Angela Merkel.
Signalling his committed to deepen Franco-German ties at the heart of the EU,