Poland: a first division player in the EU?
Notes internacionals CIDOB, #45
Agnieszka Nimark, Associate Researcher, CIDOB and Anna Zielińska-Rakowicz, Research Fellow, Polish Institute of International Affairs
Date of publication: 02/2012
- Over the last couple of years while the Euro crisis has been deepening, Poland might have been the only EU country that was able to advance its position within the ‘club’.
- The sixth biggest EU nation gained recognition not only because of its growing economy and political stability under the rule of the centre right Civic Platform party but also thanks to Polish government’s EU negotiating tactics.
- Poland’s strong stance against the national interests of the biggest EU member states and its call for solidarity in a time of crisis further enhanced the positive pro-European image of the country during the Polish EU Presidency.
- The demonstrated potential for leadership combined with Poland’s genuine belief in a deeper and wider Europe might one day qualify Poland to the first EU division.