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European Union and Poland

The expectations from joining European Union (EU) were very high a few years ago, especially since EU was seen as an alliance of rich Western European countries. Each new country joining the EU hoped to become the equal to the richest.

Finally Poland had a chance to become a member of EU. When the negotiations were started it was clear that being a part of the big union of countries bring not only advantages but also problems and responsibilities. Especially since Europe is still in crisis marked with a low economical growth and also high unemployment in many Western Europe countries.

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Marek Kotanski: Drug Addiction and other Social Problems in Poland

Marek Kotanski was one of these few people who made a real change in lives of many. His death in the car accident in August 19, 2002 brought a pain not only to his family but to all these people who found a better life because of him. He was 60.

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Panslavism, Fear of Westernization and Vysegrad Group

The idea to build a strong relationship with other Eastern European countries is not a new one. In the past there was a concept of Panslavism. A desire to unite all the Slavic races into one confederacy. The first Panslavists were focusing on a cultural union among all Slavs. They were researching the Slav folk songs and poetry.

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Arguments pro and against Coalition with Eastern European Countries

Arguments of the supporters of the union with Eastern Europe countries:

The natural integration with Western European countries would be impossible since these countries are in different level of economical development. These rich capitalistic countries will not treat us as equal partners. Instead they will try to take advantage of us. There will be Europe "A" - consisting from the rich countries of Western and Central Europe and Europe "B" - used as the cheap outlet market by rich countries that are not interested in the real development of the Eastern European countries.

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Place of Poland in Europe: Three Main Concepts

There are three main concepts about where the place of Poland in Europe should be:

  • Union with the countries of Eastern Europe
  • Membership in the European Union
  • Strengthening of the alliance with the USA

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