27 Jun

Poland’s Sikorski denies ambitions to become defence commissioner, Warsaw eyes strong portfolio

Poland’s Radosław Sikorski, who is almost certain to win a nomination to the next Commission, claims he is uninterested in the defence portfolio. Some sources suggest he is more interested in the EU diplomatic chief’s post he already ran for in 2014.

Written by Aleksandra Krzysztoszek, Krzysztof Ryncarz | Euractiv.pl

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In 2010, newly-elected Hungarian Prime Minister meets with Polish presidential candidate of the main opposition party. (EPA/Pawel Supernak)

As we approach the European Parliamentary elections, Eurosceptic political rhetoric in Hungary and Poland is once again rising. It is hardly surprising given the critical view the governing parties and their leaders, Viktor Orbán and Jaroslaw Kaczyński share towards the European Union and some of its policies.

Robert Dúbravec - Power conciousness, 1957. [WebUmenia.sk/Stredoslovenská galéria]

Although the Visegrad Group’s members are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the collapse of communist dictatorships this year, multilevel EU procedures are ongoing against Hungary and Poland for rule of law deficiencies. According to the assessment of global democracy indexes, the quality of democratic governance fell considerably in the most eminent students of the democratic transition, while political and civil rights have also been restricted.

Czechoslovak Consul typewriter. [Wikimedia/Commons]

Member states, the European Parliament and the Commission successfully finished almost three years of negotiation on a copyright reform. The clashes were concerned primary to articles 11 and 13. Stances of the states differed a lot and the Visegrad countries were not an exception. 

Illustration picture [TASR]

Although there basically isn’t anything like a specific chapter of V4-Turkey relations, all the five countries realize the importance of trade cooperation and strategic support. Yet, after Erdoğan tightened his grip to achieve even more power, Visegrad countries prefer to coordinate their positions on issues regarding human rights and civil society via Brussels.

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