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What Europe Means for Poland

From: Journal of Democracy
Volume 14, Number 4, October 2003
pp. 128-136 | 10.1353/jod.2003.0083

Abstract

Poland, whose citizens always considered themselves European, for more than a decade has been free to decide her own fate. Just like other European countries, we recognize the freedom of the individual, democracy, private property and tolerance as the fundamentals of civilization. Also, like the rest of Europe, we are struggling with the problems of unemployment, corruption, increasing economic inequality, and populism. We need a united and safe Europe, able to oppose international crime, terrorism and corruption. The fight against these pathologies cannot lead to the egoistic isolation form the nations of Eastern Europe and blindness to the issues that have global dimensions. We are against anti-Americanism and against the political and economic confrontation of Europe and the United States. Europe and the United States should strive to reduce world poverty, corruption and suffering.