“The antithesis of its own post-transitional success”

Mateusz Mazzini argues in Foreign Policy:

The revisionist politics of the current Polish government plays right into Moscow’s hands. A rejection of multilateralism, strife with the EU, and growing antagonism with neighbors, notably Germany and Ukraine—all these features of Polish foreign policy appear to be taken out of Putin’s geopolitical playbook. It is legitimate to ask to what extent PiS’s pro-Russian revisionism is either a deliberate strategy or an unintended consequence.

In January 2016, I called Kaczyński’s government the Kremlin’s Polish frenemies. What I meant then was Poland’s effort to reap the benefits of EU membership without playing by the union’s rules, which was weakening the EU to the Kremlin’s satisfaction. I’ve also written about PiS politicians adopting a Putinist rhetorical style against German politicians and journalists. I’ve also looked at the weakness for conspiracy theories shared by certain minds in Warsaw and Moscow.

I’ve also mentioned Andrzej Duda’s revisionist-friendly mindset. I’m not particularly interested in openly revisionist theories but Mazzini’s piece makes me wonder if the simultaneous flourishing of “patriotic” pseudo-history in Russia, Ukraine and Poland reflects more than passing political reality. A new zeitgeist perhaps, and a new Platzgeist on the East European plain.

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