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Poland plays empty chair policy at defense ministers' meetings

The arrival of the Polish delegation at the Bratislava meeting… or its departure, it comes down to (almost) the same thing (credit: MOD Poland)


(BRUSSELS2 – exclusive) The presence of Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz during the last informal meeting in Bratislava, on September 27, was more than fleeting.

Arriving not really early, the Pole took off even before the family photo (around 10:30 a.m.), even before the second working session, in the presence of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Which is rather inelegant for a country which constantly calls for the solidarity of NATO members and the strengthening of ties between the EU and NATO.

Very unusual, there was no one to represent Poland when the minister was not there (1). The minister and his delegation took great care to bring the easel marked “POLAND”. A very political gesture, in itself, which undoubtedly had a much more trivial objective: to avoid having a photo with an empty seat in front of the word 'Poland'.

In the end, a clear impression that Warsaw is playing the dilettante of European solidarity but also of Euro-Atlantic solidarity…

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

In Polish, read on the site of Gazeta

Read also: Some gaps in the family photo in Bratislava


(1) Usually when a country is not represented at ministerial level, it is represented by a senior official of the ministry or by the ambassador to the PSC (or deputy ambassador). This was the case during the meeting for Austria, Lithuania and Ireland.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).