It would find it much harder to resist pressure from Brusselsby Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska / May 19, 2016 / Leave a comment
For the last nine years Polish and British experts, officials and politicians have met in Krakow annually to discuss their countries’ visions for Europe. In 2013, Timothy Garton Ash, the inspiration behind these Polish British Round Tables, wrote that the British-Polish relationship was like two spitfires flying in different directions: Warsaw headed for Berlin and the heart of the EU, and London away from Europe and towards the Atlantic.
The new right-wing Law and Justice government in Poland has changed course, however. Warsaw under the current leadership sees London—rather than Berlin—as its key ally in the European Union, and it opposes Germany’s vision of further political integration of the EU. In his first annual address on the government’s foreign policy priorities, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said that the EU “should go back to its roots” and focus on completing the single market (for example, removing the remaining barriers to trade across Europe). This will sound familiar to anyone who has heard David Cameron or Philip Hammond in the House of Commons. But does it mean that Poland could, like Britain, decide to turn its back on the EU and leave?