Check out Leopolis’ analysis of the political scene in Poland in response to two op-eds from Central European Digest:
These points miss fundamental changes in the Polish political establishment in the past decade and in the past year.
1) The Polish diaspora in the U.S. weighs very little influence today as it did in the 1980s and 1990s. Most of the Polish diaspora is not in Chicago, but works in the UK and Ireland. The vast majority of them, who grew up after communism, are sympathetic of the U.S. but cannot relate to Reaganism. Tusk’s admiration for Reagan hardly equals support for U.S. policies at a time when Poland is rapidly moving closer to the EU as a member of the Schengen area and looking to join the eurozone.
2) President Kaczyński’s policies toward Russia may have scored points with the “mohair berets” at home in 2005, but ultimately failed in the EU and abroad. Initiatives such as the “energy NATO,” historical recognition over Katyń, “meat wars,” and Germanophobia not only isolated Warsaw from Eurocrats in Brussels, but earned Poland zero leverage vis-a-vis a resurgent Russia.