Foreign policy and the "new quality"
When a year ago I joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an advisor and gained additional insight by means of access to internal newsletters, information about meetings at home and abroad, the content of statements given to foreign media outlets – I was shocked by the discrepancy between what I saw and heard and how the MFA is portrayed in the media.
The New York Times vs. Polish history
In the last days before Christmas, the New York Times published two commentaries concerning Poland: on 21 December an article titled “Poland’s Tragic Turn” expressing the official opinion of the editorial office; and two days later a commentary entitled “Stalin’s Lengthening Shadow” by Ms Sylvie Kauffmann (former editor-in-chief of “Le Monde”) as a follow up. Both pieces refer to the events of recent months, and especially recent days, in Poland.
Foreign media coverage of Poland reaches new nadir
I just read on the Politico website that Jaroslaw Kaczynski is one of the people most likely to ruin Europe in 2017. The head of Law and Justice (PiS) is presented in the text as "the strongest anti-European" politician whose words on Europe would make even Neil Farage proud. The only person who talks about the head of PiS in the text is Lech Walesa, who says that Kaczynski is "dangerous and irresponsible".
Do you love Europe?
"If you love Europe, you should stop dreaming about further integration and start solving problems." This is how Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, described the challenge for Europe’s elites.
The Post paints an overly dramatic picture of Poland
Letter from Piotr Wilczek, the Polish ambassador to the United States, to the Washington Post.
Poland will be a key ally for the UK both during and after Brexit
As special relationships go, Poland has consistently proven over centuries that it can be counted on as a key ally for Great Britain. Beata Szydło’s visit last week to London demonstrated that Poland does indeed stand “ready to help its old friend Britain reach the best possible Brexit deal”, as she wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
The end of the Népszabadság era
For years, Népszabadság and its journalists have provided “media protection” for Hungarian post-communists. Mediaworks, the majority owner of the daily, claims that the debt generated by the newspaper has reached a total of approx. 16 million euro.
Brexit success will make Europe less like Brussels
The next few months will show us on what terms and within what timeframe Great Britain will leave the European Union. Brexit has rattled – and will continue to rattle – the balance of power in Western Europe that we have come to know so well over the past four decades.
Poles, join us
The decision to leave the EU did a lot to strengthen us. I will encourage Poland to follow our lead, says Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, the first Polish-born member of the House of Commons.
The Return of Europe’s Nation-States
Europe currently finds itself in the throes of its worst political crisis since World War II. Across the continent, traditional political parties have lost their appeal as populist, Euroskeptical movements have attracted widespread support - writes Jakub Grygiel for Foreign Affairs.