So the story runs that one week the Whitehouse is being investigated for links to Russia that undermine its national security, and the next the president who was being accused, who has instigated a course of action that seems to lead him into direct conflict with Russia, says that relations with Russia are at an all-time low. Is this really possible? It may be, but asking how might be illuminating.
I remember a number of years ago being told that Poland and other former Soviet-controlled countries joining the EU would mean a shift away from federalism. On the face of it that hasn’t happened; and, talking of faces, I’m becoming used to seeing the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo’s feature more and more often among the photographs of diplomats and leaders at critical EU summits.
Whatever happens over the coming weeks I’ll be thinking about Polish influence in Europe more than Polish workers in the UK (the more the better); and Polish politics, and Polish history. For most of the last two hundred years Poland has struggled to assert its own borders (no coincidence that Poles are rarely slow to assert themselves). I’ll be thinking about what an EU shaped by Poland might be like. Has Poland, for example, still got unfinished business with Russia?