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Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | 29/10/2007

Will Poland's foreign policy change?

Jacekas Komaras reflects on how the change of government in Poland will affect important cross-border projects such as the construction of the Via Baltica motorway or the so-called power bridge between Lithuania and Poland, which is supposed to connect the Baltic states to Central Europe's power network. "It's quite likely there will be few changes in Poland's foreign policy. In this way Tusk's Civic Platform can prove it's not one of Brussels' puppets. Many of its priorities are similar to those of the old government, but its main goal is to boost Poland's position within the EU. Tusk has made it clear that rather doing what the Kaczynski brothers did and complaining that Poland deserves better because it's a large nation, he intends to achieve similar or better results through negotiation."

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | 14/09/2007

A Lithuanian perspective of the German-Polish dispute over looted art

Jacekas Komaras notes that relations between Germany and Poland have deteriorated considerably since the Kaczynskis' PiS party came to power. "The Kaczynski brothers' behaviour regarding Germany is driven by complexes of unclear origin. But it has to be said that Germany has profited from these complexes because they have weakened Poland's position within Europe. This is why Poland is continually being presented with new demands. Germany, for example, is demanding that Poland return works of art confiscated during the war, but has no intention of giving back Polish works of art currently in German museums. Why doesn't Germany make such demands of Russia, France or the Netherlands?"

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | 13/03/2007

Slow progress with the Via Baltica

The existence of the Russian exclave of Kalingrad means that traffic from the EU to the Baltic states uses a narrow strip of borderland between Poland and Lithuania. This road has become too congested for the increasing amount of traffic, but the construction of the Via Baltica is still stalled, Jacekas Komaras complains. He comments ironically on the debate surrounding the construction of the Polish section of the motorway, which will transect a conservation area funded by the EU there. "It's a paradox. Birds, of all things, are causing the delays in the construction. The government in Warsaw is locked in a dispute about a bypass of the city of Augustow, that would pass through a nature reserve. No trees can be cut down over the next few months because the nesting season has just begun. This means that the project will be put on ice at least until September. Only last autumn, the Polish government had promised there would be no changes to the route and it wouldn't let itself by put off by protests."

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | 23/11/2006

Will Poland stick to its veto? The EU-Russian summit

Jacekas Komaras expects that EU inspectors will confirm that there's nothing wrong with the quality of Polish foodstuffs and recommend that exports to Russia be resumed. However, he says he doesn't think it likely that Russia will send its own inspectors before the summit in Helsinki, thereby settling its differences with Poland. "So far the statements of the Russian politicians have had only one goal: to show the West that Poland doesn't belong among them. But now Russia is in an awkward position. Until now it has been able to dictate its conditions to the EU because it had the bureaucrats in Brussels and the politicians under its thumb, and everyone just went along with this. The Kaczynski brothers have been the first to show no fear. They like Russia even less than all the others and have therefore put an end to this damaging process. They don't care if people call them foolish or strange."

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | 21/09/2006

The different interpretations of the invasion of Poland

Jacekas Komaras takes the 67th anniversary of the Red Army's invasion of Eastern Poland as an opportunity to remind people that the interpretation of the events of September 17, 1939 is still controversial in several countries today. In the secret supplement to the Hitler-Stalin pact, Germany and the Soviet Union divided Eastern Europe up into spheres of influence. Following the end of the war, large parts of Poland fell under Soviet rule and now belong to Belarus. "The Belarusian dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, is fond of this date and has declared it a public holiday commemorating the liberation of the western parts of the country from Poland. Cities like Grodno and Minsk even have streets named after September 17. But for Poland this date was a stab in the back. And for Lithuania it meant the end of independence… Many Lithuanians are still haunted by the Soviet stereotype, but at least we can hope that our children will learn the truth about September 17, 1939. In Russia, however, it's very unlikely that schools will change what they teach their pupils about this over the next ten to twenty years."

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