Poland’s Strategy

Poland’s Strategy

Written by: in: Politics

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 […]

Things have just got worse … again

Things have just got worse … again

Written by: in: Economy

Last week saw in a whole raft of very disturbing news. Once again disaster was on everyone’s lips  while others said “I told you so”.  In the eye of the storm was the news that Sicily and Valencia needed bailouts and that the yield on 10 year Spanish bonds had risen to 7.75%.  Spain is […]

Brussels’ knot

Brussels’ knot

Written by: in: Politics

The victory of Francois Hollande who has been sworn in as President of France on May 15 signalled the end of a continent-wide consensus around policies to confront the economic crisis. Mario Monti, Manuel Barroso, Mario Draghi, similarly to Socialist President Francois Hollande, start stressing the need to promote growth instead of German austerity measures. Herman Van Rompuy  announced a special summit […]

Europe is supported by one pillar only…

Europe is supported by one pillar only…

Written by: in: Economy

Not only in Europe but also elsewhere, people are commenting on the possible Greek’s exit from the eurozone. I am not going to dwell on that utopian socialist lamentation. When you read in a newspaper that a strong Europe says to Greece ‘you’ve done that yourself so don’t expect us to be merciful’ you can […]

Tourists avoid Greece fearing the consequences of the debt crisis

Tourists avoid Greece fearing the consequences of the debt crisis

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The Europeans are afraid to book trips to Greece for their vacation, fearing the aftermath of the parliamentary elections planned for June 17. In the last weeks, the number of reservations dropped by half. ‘We have experienced a 50% decline in bookings since the elections on May 6,’ said George Drakopoulos, general director of the […]

Joachim Gauck in Brussels – pragmatic euro enthusiast

Joachim Gauck in Brussels – pragmatic euro enthusiast

Written by: in: Politics

‘My visit is a signal that German people unconditionally say ‘yes’ to Europe’ – said Joachim Gauck during his first visit in Brussels. While  skeptical voices towards the European Union arise in Europe,  Joachim Gauck presents himself as a staunch euro enthusiast. At the same time he emphasizes that such an attitude implies a serious […]

„Buy French!” … and a look at the causes of stagnation

„Buy French!” … and a look at the causes of stagnation

Written by: in: Economy

Nicolas Sarkozy, coming into the home straight of the presidential campaign, is urging the French to spend their money on locally manufactured goods. His rival, Francois Hollande, also spoke in similar vein recently, albeit in a less nationalistic tone. But in essence they are both saying the same thing – that Europe must protect its markets both by encouraging […]

Springtime in Europe?

Springtime in Europe?

Written by: in: Politics

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 […]

Healthy people of Europe

Healthy people of Europe

Written by: in: Economy

Growing compatibility of Polish and German economies is an argument for closer co-operation for financial discipline and stronger economic integration of the European Union. ‘Polnische Wirtschaft’ – this cluster of words has never sounded flattering in German mouth. In the colloquial language of our western neighbours Polish economy was for a long time a symbol […]

Polish foreign policy to be reviewed

Polish foreign policy to be reviewed

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It should be considered if the government’s policy is efficient in realizing Polish interests in the European Union. It is a truism to state that the policy of the Civic Platform is more efficient than the one of the Law and Justice. Changes in the international policy and economic situation cause however that the policy […]

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