(003) POLAND’S SECOND RETURN TO EUROPE? Cover Image

(003) POLAND’S SECOND RETURN TO EUROPE?
(003) POLAND’S SECOND RETURN TO EUROPE?

Author(s): Paweł Świeboda
Subject(s): International relations/trade, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: ECFR European Council on Foreign Relations
Keywords: Weimar Triangle; Donald Tusk;
Summary/Abstract: Donald Tusk, the new Polish Prime Minister, wants to bring Poland back to the heart of Europe, rebuilding ties with Germany and France to create a ‘Weimar Triangle’, lessening tensions with Russia, and trying to make the country a genuine player in European foreign policy. The new Government will try to rebalance ist relationship with the United States, slowing down the move towards missile defence and withdrawing its troops from Iraq. Although there will be a change of style on contentious issues like Russia, the new government will still be an ‘assertive partner’ opting out of the Charter of Fundamental Rights; unlikely to join the euro; and likely to put up a fi ght against reform of the EU budget.Co-habitation with President Lech Kaczyński will create tensions but the government has the constitutional powers and the moral clout to set the agenda.

  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Language: English