Cover Osteuropa 2/2012

In Osteuropa 2/2012

Dealing with Asymmetry
Poland and Russia: A New Beginning

Jarosław Ćwiek-Karpowicz

Deutsche Fassung


Relations between Poland and Russia suffer from the pronounced asymmetry between the two countries. After 15 years of verbal confrontations, they have been trying to make a new start since 2009. This has been made easier by the fact that the United States has also redefined its relationship with Moscow. Even if Polish-Russian relations have improved significantly and no longer depend in essence on relations between Washington and Moscow, a breakthrough has yet to take place. Overcoming the fundamental differences between Poland and Russia in such fields as energy policy and the politics of remembrance requires real change in Russia.

(Osteuropa 2/2012, pp. 71–80)