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Zaborowski, Marcin

Polish European politics researcher


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Le Monde - France | 14/04/2007

How Poland is perceived abroad

Kerry Longhurst and Marcin Zaborowski, researchers specialising in Europe, denounce the systematic criticism of the politics of the Kaczynski brothers, the Polish President and Prime Minister. "Poland is, without question, socially a very conservative country - its population is 90 % Catholic, more than 60 % of Poles go to mass every Sunday and a quarter of them live and work in the countryside. No matter which political party is in power, the Polish government will always remain conservative in a European context. ... This government believes in a strong State, in a moral revival and a firm foreign policy. But let's admit that it is clumsy on the foreign front and doesn't care how it is viewed abroad. Let us beware of basing our criticism solely on the sensationalist aspects of Polish politics. In many respects, the Kaczynski brothers are only trying to emulate the France of De Gaulle."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 19/01/2007

Marcin Zabrowski on feuding between Warsaw and Berlin

Marcin Zaborowski, Polish writer and researcher specialising in European politics, considers the relationship between Germany and Poland. "As the largest state in formerly communist Europe, Poland occupied a special place in Berlin's foreign policy. Poland's post-1989 politicians, in turn, believed the road to the European Union ran straight through Berlin. There were signs of harmony between the two states: Berlin supported Poland's efforts to join western institutions, German exports to Poland boomed and the process of reconciliation moved apace. Today, the relationship has reverted to bickering. .... Warsaw and Berlin are now at odds over the Baltic pipeline and their relations with Russia. But perhaps the biggest worry is that they increasingly clash over interpretations of the past. Why is this happening now after Poland joined the EU? The accession was supposed to accelerate, not set back, the 'rapprochement' process."

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