Setting the stage for the upcoming EU Summit in Brussels

Foreign Minister of Poland Radosław Sikorski, set the stage for the upcoming Summit of EU heads of state and government in Brussels on December 8-9, by this statement in his speech in Berlin on Nov. 28th:

“What, as Poland’s foreign minister, do I regard as the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of Poland today, on 28th November 2011? It’s not terrorism, it’s not the Taliban, and it’s certainly not German tanks. It’s not even Russian missiles which President Medvedev has just threatened to deploy on the EU’s border. The biggest threat to the security and prosperity of Poland would be the collapse of the Euro zone. And I demand of Germany that, for your own sake and for ours, you help it survive and prosper. You know full well that nobody else can do it. I will probably be first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity. You have become Europe’s indispensable nation. You may not fail to lead. Not dominate, but to lead in reform.”

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About Natasa Alajbegovic

Manager, Global Projects/International Institute, University of Michigan.
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