Category Archives: Diplomacy

Crusade.

“Radicals don’t care about the institutions. They are looking for an ideological crusade. Traditions don’t matter.” The words of American academic Norman Ornstein which some might consider apposite when considering the current Polish government’s quest to create the right sort … Continue reading

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Security

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.” The words of Douglas MacArthur. And, on the threats from without, Thomas … Continue reading

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Cake, the Having and Eating thereof

“My Policy on cake is pro having it, and pro eating it.” The words of British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, which while having attracted a certain amount of derision encapsulate what must in reality be the object of any foreign … Continue reading

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Residence

“Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage, or my house when I propose to take a residence, so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life.” … Continue reading

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No Cause for Concern

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” The words of Abraham Lincoln, Republican president, will no doubt be remembered by the Democratic Party in in the United States as its … Continue reading

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Interesting Times

“May you live in interesting times” as the apocryphal Chinese curse has it. And following the result of the referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union which was a narrow majority for leave (51.9 per cent to … Continue reading

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Penalty

“All punishment is mischief; all punishment in itself is evil.” The words of Jeremy Bentham with which, in the context of the European Commission’s involvement in the continuing tussle over the Constitutional Tribunal, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski would perhaps … Continue reading

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Energy

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” The words of Benjamin Franklin. And while Poland’s government remains persistent in its demands for a stronger NATO presence – preferably permanent – in this region, the Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, thinks that NATO … Continue reading

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100 Days

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” So thought Leonardo da Vinci and, as the dust settles on the … Continue reading

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Exit

“Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.” The words of Alexandre Dumas. There has certainly been little love and plenty of suspicion in the relationship between the EU … Continue reading

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