Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2006

In Osteuropa 11-12/2006

Poland Has Not Yet Perished
Warsaw’s Introverted Europe Policy

Paweł Świeboda

Deutsche Fassung


Since the dual victory of the national conservatives’ in the 2005 parliamentary and presidential elections, Poland’s Europe policy has been transformed significantly. If Poland acted self-confidently but constructively beforehand, under the Kaczyński brothers, it has become quite erratic. On the one hand, Poland has often threatened to use its veto or has in fact on its own and in defiance of the other 24 members blocked settlements. On the other hand, there are also attempts to deepen integration. Poland has become active above all in energy policy as well as foreign and security policy. The only thing which is clear is that, in the eyes of the Kaczyńskis, the nation-state is still far from exiting the historical stage.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2006, pp. 93–100)