Commentary Geopolitics

Europe in a changing world

As Poland, Central Europe, the entire continent and the world with it has changed, so too must the European Union. Professor Marek A. Cichocki explains the importance of the need for change in the EU for Poland’s security.

The heart of European integration is fading. The people governing in Brussels, such as Timmermans and Selmayr remind us of the 5thcentury Roman comites who waged wars with each other only to benefit themselves, which eventually ended the Roman Empire. 

When one looks at what the European Commission is doing when it comes to Brexit, energy policies, migration, ecology and large national infrastructural projects, it’s hard not to ask “what is even going on?”

Poland needs the European system of government and security now more than ever. Poland is increasingly becoming a part of the rivalry of global powers. This has been proven by the recent Chinese espionage affair and the Iran and Middle East issue. The thought that Poland can be independent or connected to only one power is simply damaging. 

The European integration upheld by France and Germany simply does not suit the ambitions and potential of not only Poland, but many other European countries

The European integration upheld by France and Germany simply does not suit the ambitions and potential of not only Poland, but many other European countries. The proposal of thoughtless, deepened integration offered by PiS’ opponents in the opposition is unacceptable and will set the country back by a decade.

If the EU is not to follow in the Roman Empire’s footsteps, it must integrate itself anew. The terms of uniting Europe after the Cold War, thanks to which Poland became part of the European community, should change after 30 years. Poland has changed, Central Europe has changed and the world with it has changed – so too must the European Union. 

This process will only work, however, if we take an active part in it and claim our responsibilities.

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