Continuity or Change? Polish Foreign Policy after the 2015 National Elections

Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Krzysztof Szczerski (Secretary of State, Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland)

Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR

Mikolaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College)

Gerhard Gnauck (“Die Welt” correspondent)


Professor Krzysztof Szczerski will discuss the following issues:

  • Continuity of the euro-atlantic direction of Polish foreign policy.
  • What changes? The formula of conducting foreign policy: stronger articulation of Poland’s national interests.
  • Active foreign policy (esp. more sovereignty within the UE)
  • Real, not ritual model of diplomacy
  • Areas of Poland’s stronger involvement:
  • Significant increase in effective defence and deterrence potential of NATO (eastern flank reinforcement – NATO’s enhanced forward presence, activity in facing challenges from the South)
  • Transatlantic partnership
  • The EU reform while advocating European unity (the union of free nations and equal states, more flexibility, EU global economic competitiveness, addressing the set of European crises)
  • Strengthening Poland’s eastern policy (Ukraine crisis)
  • Development of regional cooperation (strengthening the V4, building The Intermarium Axis – Adriatic, Baltic, Black Sea countries, Baltic and Nordic cooperation, launching the “Carpathian Strategy”)
  • Searching for the global partnerships in trade and investments (esp. the area of innovations and technology).
  • Strengthening the relations with Polonia and Poles who live abroad. Active anti-defamation policy.
  • Promoting Polish position in international organizations.
  • Promoting the international law as a basis for peace and stability in the international relations