In Paris, Berlin, and Brussels, Trump’s challenge to
Russia and defense of NATO will be welcomed, but his rhetoric on the
dangers of immigration and big government will likely be seen as the
latest example of the American President trying to sow populist division
in Europe. The current Polish government is anti-immigration
[anti-Islamofascist-refugee, not anti-immigration… see what they did
there?], skeptical of climate change, and pro-coal.
Poland, a stronger European Union means greater pressure from Brussels,
which they distrust and regard as overreaching. Poland has been under
harsh criticism for its anti-democratic practices. Earlier this year,
the E.U. Commissioner for Justice threatened to cut the organization’s
funding to Poland if it failed to uphold fundamental European values.
(Poland is the E.U.’s largest recipient of funds.) Poland, in turn, has
claimed that the E.U. is run by “German diktat.”
Polish opposition members who are harshly critical of the country’s
current government admit that Poland regards Germany “as a potential