Cameron’s speech – walking the tightrope

Cameron’s speech – walking the tightrope

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In a way, you have to sympathise with David Cameron. With so many different audiences to consider, both at home and abroad, writing his keynote speech on Europe must have been a tortuous process. That probably explains why it was delayed so many times, and took over six months to write. Perhaps his most important […]

Poland’s Strategy

Poland’s Strategy

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Polish national strategy pivots around a single, existential issue: how to preserve its national identity and independence. Located on the oft-invaded North European Plain, Poland’s existence is heavily susceptible to the moves of major Eurasian powers. Therefore, Polish history has been erratic, with Poland moving from independence — even regional dominance — to simply disappearing […]

We need real choices – interview with Jiří Schneider

We need real choices – interview with Jiří Schneider

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Two years ago, here in Wrocław [at Wrocław Global Forum], you called United States and Europe “G2 of the world” and today you referred to them as “catamaran on stormy waters”, so I was wondering if you think that we can observe serious, permanent shift of power in contemporary world or just this storm that […]

Cairo-Warsaw. Common issue?

Cairo-Warsaw. Common issue?

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Throughout the years, Western countries have been continuously collaborating with torturers of Arabic nations, thus separating values from economic interest and betraying their own ideals. And all that in the name of mercantilism. Such logic is not, and never will be, beneficial for Poland, because our geopolitical location and borders with still unstable East requires […]

Stronger and braver

Stronger and braver

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Polish foreign policy has finally become unexciting to an average spectator! For a while politicians graciously let go of demagogic wars, to which Polish diplomacy had fallen victim in the last couple of years. They have transferred their interest to other fields of politics – those on which they can currently gain more. Presumably this […]

Where does Iceland’s national interest lie? Iceland and the European Union

Where does Iceland’s national interest lie? Iceland and the European Union

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What is the European Union for Iceland? Opinions are divided on that matter. Until recently a satisfying choice for Icelanders was a membership in EFTA and since 1994 in the European Economic Area that guarantees their access to European home market without necessity of membership in the EU. Yet this access did not include fishing […]

Hollande apologises to the plumbers

Hollande apologises to the plumbers

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Although François Hollande, for  a few weeks, has been soliciting the support of European leaders or governments with perseverance, the doors of the main political offices remain closed to him. The same could have happened in Warsaw if it had not been  for the Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski. The latter met the French presidential candidate […]

3% of civilization – bitter-sweet Turkey

3% of civilization – bitter-sweet Turkey

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1. At the very moment I’m writing those words, the media report a serious crisis in relations between France – indirectly also the European Union – and Turkey. In response to the bill introducing punishments for negating the genocide of Armenians, which Lower House of French Parliament has put forward, Ankara has canceled all international, […]

Springtime in Europe?

Springtime in Europe?

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As we may infer from the latest comment of Paweł Świeboda, the head of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy, we are facing a new stage in the European integration. After several years of hardship when economic crisis extorted makeshift actions and an appointment of permanent President of the European Council deprived European Commission of […]

The boss of Munchhausen is not a tyrant

The boss of Munchhausen is not a tyrant

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PM Orban of Hungary evaluates What characterizes best Viktor Orban – the Prime Minister of Hungary in his second term? The way he treats the opposition and Europe, or the way they treat him? What is his qualified majority in the parliament enough for? On the 7th of February, Orban gave his 14th so-called yearly […]

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