The bully on the Vistula

  • 2011-09-07
  • By Kestutis Girnius
The ties between Lithuania and Poland continue to spiral downward despite ritualistic reassertions of good will. The decision of  Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to visit Lithuania with just a day’s notice is a cause for concern, as is his statement that Poland’s relations with Lithuania will depend on Lithuania’s relations with its Polish minority. While an optimistic gloss can be placed on Tusk’s remarks, his visit is probably best interpreted as an indication of a hardening of Warsaw’s stance, a triumph for the benighted confrontational policy of P...
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