Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

As predicted, yesterday’s speech of Minister Sikorski has sparked a storm on the right side of political scene. From being accused of betrayal and violation of the oath, to a motion for dismissal.

Radek Sikorski is known for its unconventional behaviour and probably knew that he put the cat among the pigeons. The prospect of granting Poland as much sovereignty as the state of Ohio does not really appeal to me. It does not however change the fact that the debate should be led in this direction. First of all, on the Vistula.

If there is something that bothers me, it is the ambiguous reaction of Germany. Minister Sikorski told them “Would you really bet the house on the proposition that if the Euro zone breaks up, the single market, the cornerstone of the European Union, will definitely survive? After all, messy divorces are more frequent than amicable ones. I have heard of a case in California in which a couple spent $100,000 disputing custody of the family cat”.

So, our Minister threatened them a little, which by the way he likes, and which the Germans clearly dislike.

It is a pity that this debate starts from simplifications, slanders and quarrels. Because the topic deserves a thorough analysis.

I recommend reading.

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  1. I shall explain my view in English.

    I humbly disagree. Even though Ohio may seem insignificant, it is clearly much stronger with the United States of America than without it.

    You exaggerate the amount of sovereignty Poland would have to give up. There was no mention of disbanding armies, for example. Ohio does not have an army, Ohioans are not a nationality, but Ohio does prosper due to the fact that it is safe from bigger economical powers. It is safe because it is in a Union, Mr. Siwiec, a union with the other States.

    On the contrary perhaps with respect to the rest of the world, Poland would gain more importance abroad and more leverage when it comes to international disputes (I am talking about Russia). How can Poland be sovereign when a power buys out the country? This is an extreme situation I know, but as a lone State, Poland shall have to bend its powers to others, and thus lose sovereignty.

    With the rapid rise of China, the constant rise of Russia, and the upcoming rises of other geographically and economically more endowed countries, Poland needs a federation. Perhaps we can be powerful, but we shall be the Taiwan, or even the Hong Kong of Russia… or maybe of the USA or China. Pick you world power, I pick the EU.

    Of course this is a big step, but as a 19 year old Pole, studying in Berlin, with a family living in the United States, I see that a European Federation would help me in the future. Travel and business would be easier, a Polish company could more easily expand into other markets.

    I enjoyed Minister Sikorski’s speech. It made me proud to be European, and thus even prouder to be Polish. I would love to see such integration in my lifetime. I think the tone of the speech matched the gravity of the situation. Germany needs to wake up already, with the rise of other economic powers, they know full well what would be the cost of disintegration.

    I leave you with this thought: The United States as a federation was formed in a matter of days behind closed doors in full disregard of the present law. I am speaking of the writing of the Constitution in 1787. It was not a democratic choice, and it was not wanted by most of the delegation, but somehow they wrote a new, and more centralist constitution anyways (I suspect it had to do with the economic and military threat from Great Britain and France). Perhaps it would be best if Europe did the same now.

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