Biden’s Appointments Reveal New Reality for CEE

Time to Rebuild the Elementary Democratic Order

25 January 2021

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

The appointment to Undersecretary of State for Europe and Eurasia of an experienced diplomat who previously criticised Duda’s recent visit to Trump, suggests it is time for Poland and Hungary to change their act. Central and Eastern Europe’s future resilience and the support of the United States will depend on the health of our democracies and common institutions.

There are many indications that Joe Biden’s foreign policy on our continent will focus on two areas. In geographical terms, the new US administration will focus on democratic security in Central and Eastern Europe and thematically on new technologies’ regulatory issues.

While this is good news for Poland, it is not necessarily so for the PiS-led government and President Andrzej Duda.

In the election campaign, Biden spoke of Belarus, Poland and Hungary in one sentence as examples of the return of totalitarian regimes worldwide. Then it was seen as an exaggeration, but the US president’s mind is resolved in matters of democratic security.

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Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Political analyst heading Visegrad Insight's policy foresight on European affairs. His expertise includes foreign policy and political culture. Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Res Publica Foundation. Europe's Future Fellow at IWM - Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and Erste Foundation. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017. He has been published in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, Project Syndicate, VoxEurop, Hospodarske noviny, Internazionale, Zeit, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza and regularly appears in BBC, Al Jazeera Europe, Euronews, TRT World, TVN24, TOK FM, Swedish Radio and others.

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