It is safe to say that the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was a standard treaty in the style of Realpolitik prevalent in every state at that time. Every single one of Germany’s future opponents feared war, they all tried to come up with ways to avoid it, even at the expense of others, they were prepared to betray their closest allies, as has been shown.
As British Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote in his memoirs, the fact that such an agreement between Berlin and Moscow was possible meant that British and French diplomacy had failed: they did not manage to direct Nazi aggression against the USSR, and nor did they manage to make the Soviet Union their ally before World War II.
The suggestion by the American Ambassadors to Poland and Germany that the US might move some of its troops to the former from the latter should be welcomed because it makes the most sense for all the parties involved. The American Ambassadors to Poland and Germany suggested last week that […]
Poland is sending signals about the uncertain future of Fort Trump. There wouldn’t ordinarily be any cause to speculate about the prospects of building the much-talked about Fort Trump in Poland when considering that Warsaw is so gung-ho about it that its President offered to foot the estimated $2 billion […]
Poland and its institutional partners – be they those from the Visegrad Four or the broader Warsaw-led Three Seas Initiative all across Central Europe – believe that they have more civilizational commonalities with Israel than their EuroLiberal Western European counterparts do.
Norway and Poland just engaged in a tit-for-tat expulsion of one another’s consuls. Oslo ordered Polish consul Slawomir Kowalski to leave the country due to what it said were numerous complaints about his behavior being unbecoming of a diplomat, while Warsaw said that it would respond in kind in a rare […]
Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz of the Civil Platform (or PO) opposition party died after being stabbed in the heart by a deranged assailant at a charity concert on Sunday, who deceived security in order to get onstage and then give a crazed rant after the attack attempting to justify his crime […]
Poland has no direct influence on Western European affairs while France is capable of exerting its own in Central & Eastern Europe through its much more influential status in the EU, so any competition between the two is lopsided from the get-go. It’s difficult to avoid the optics of a rising EuroRealist power challenging the existing EuroLiberal dominance in the continent in practically all respects.
The ruling authorities in Poland feel it incumbent upon themselves to make their country the vanguard of Christian values in Europe following the forced secularization that took place in Central & Eastern Europe during the communist period and which continued into the present day after the secular states of Western Europe.
This is why the ones who are now so fervently preaching about “shared values” and “Western unity” when faced with the treachery of those natural-gas pipelines and that Eurasian trade route are actually demanding that Europe do itself a disservice by remaining deferential.
Nord Stream II is thus a double-edged sword for the US because it would cut into its profitable LNG business but would at the same time provide the strategic pretext for “legitimizing” its expanded presence in Poland and the Baltics.
Assessing the grand strategic implications if a US base in Poland leads to Washington accepting the Chinese-built Balkan Silk Road’s possible expansion to Warsaw one day, this would clearly result in serious long-term losses for Germany and Russia while being a major victory for the US and China.