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Poland in Europe

Place of Poland in Europe: Three Main Concepts

There are three main concepts about where the place of Poland in Europe should be:

  • Union with the countries of Eastern Europe
  • Membership in the European Union
  • Strengthening of the alliance with the USA

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West or East? Questions about Place of Poland in Europe

For 40 years after WW II Poland was stuck in so called friendship, partnership and cooperation with our powerful ally from the East, Soviet Union. Officially we called it a friendship although it is hard to see any equality or partnership between a country which is the biggest in size and the second powerful in arms and a middle-sized country like Poland. The western countries called us a satellite. I would be cautious to use a term satellite however because Poland had relatively more freedom than several other countries from Eastern Block. Our agriculture was never fully socialized, our Roman Catholic Church also was never fully subdued to the regime, even in the worst times of 50-es.

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