Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2006

In Osteuropa 11-12/2006

A Difficult Neighbourhood
Poland’s Belarus Policy

Astrid Sahm

Deutsche Fassung


Despite the frequent changes of government in the last decade, Poland’s policy towards Belarus has been marked by coherence. Criticism of the government in Minsk is accompanied by offers for Belarusian society. Poland would like to remain a partner for Belarus and its possible integration into the West, while defending its own interests vis-à-vis Russia. Poland is trying to distinguish itself within the European Union as a trailblazer of EU Eastern Europe policy. Neither Belarus, nor the EU seems to value Poland’s engagement.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2006, pp. 101–112)