Why Polish Leaders’ US trip matters to Europeans – QUICK TAKE

Tuesday's visit to Washington, will be followed by an emergency Weimar leaders meeting on Friday.

13 March 2024

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

The message is simple. Poland wants top European partners to deliver an equal share in defence of what it has committed on its own. The European security bill will not be waved through by hard talk alone. Berlin and Paris must know that they would also pay dearly for the cost of inaction.

Questions about US commitment to Europe

President Joe Biden hosted President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the White House at a particular moment for American democracy. The transatlantic commitment by the commander-in-chief is undermined by the politics of the Republican party, as the support package for Ukraine is blocked by their speaker.

A trip from Warsaw is a powerful reminder that Poland means business when it talks about Europe’s security.

The two top Polish leaders “stand worlds apart in nearly all matters of domestic politics”, said Tusk before the trip. Still, in Washington, they stay united by the concern for defence policy.

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Wojciech Przybylski

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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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