Poland intends to bridge the gap between EU and US

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 12.6.2018 17:51

On 11 June, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated that his country wishes to become a “keystone” holding the Euro-Atlantic community together. This declaration came in the wake of the G7 summit in Canada which exposed very important differences on international trade between the US and the rest of the Western countries, aside from other cleavages hurting the transatlantic relations such as the Iranian question or the approach on climate change

Moraviecki indirectly admitted that the current situation proves the fact that Poland needs both the European Union and the United States, as the increasingly diverging paths of the EU and the US, he said, could force Warsaw into a constant need of manoeuvring between the two of them. The Prime Minister added, however, that this situation presents an opportunity for Poland, and that he was determined to lead his country's efforts to bridge this gap. The fact that Poland does not intend to pick a side in this growing divergence is a positive sign and a step in the right direction by Warsaw who, one hand, has very important commercial and economic relationship with the EU, and on the other hand, regards the US as the only actor capable of offering credible security guarantees against Russian revisionism, and it works vigorously to obtain tangible US commitments in this regard. At the same time, and in spite of sometimes being characterized incorrectly as eurosceptic, Poland is the most pro-EU nation among the 28 members, as support for European Union stands at 74% among Poles, in spite of a number of divergences they have with the EU on their leadership's suspected push to subordinate the justice system to its political interests, but also because of the EU's approach to solve the migration crisis, an approach for which Poland and the V4 are not prepared.  At the same time, the current US administration regards Poland as one of its most important ally and a pillar of their policy in the Euro-Atlantic region, while the Polish political establishment is also ideologically closer to the Tump administration than to that in Berlin or Paris. 

There obviously are some favourable premises for Poland to succeed in its endeavour, but whether Warsaw has the necessary geopolitical weight for this task, this yet remains to be seen. If it lacks this, Warsaw could try to mobilize its V4 allies, and possibly also Romania and the Baltics (who share similar interests and concerns), for working together towards this goal.

 

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