The World’s Conservatives Gather in Budapest
23 September 2021
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.