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The Return of Poland as an European Actor

The accession of Poland to the European Union in 2003 did not really
represent a “return” since the Poles had in fact never abandoned the
European scene. The article recalls the various manifestations of this
continuous presence and the diverse attitudes of the rest of the continent
toward it. After being a European exception in the sixteenth century,
when it introduced a unique political system and covered the largest
geographical area of the sub-continent after Russia, after being
reduced to the tiny Duchy of Warsaw under Napoleon, after becoming
a phoenix deploying its wings and its claws under Pilsudski after
1918, a ghost country during the Communist decades after 1945, a
Goliath taking on the Soviet giant in 1980, Poland joined the European
Union in 2003, with the wealth of experiences accumulated
through its history and the energy drawn from the many ordeals suffered
by its people.


Référence électonique : Daniel BEAUVOIS, "The Return of Poland as an European Actor", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°118, 118 - La Pologne, p.5-19 . Consulté le 2023-02-02 19:52:47 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-Return-of-Poland-as-an.html