Europe needs a policy of energy

Radek Sikorski (picture US Department of Defense)

By Richard Laming

Published in EUobserver, 3 May 2006

Those were strong words from Polish defence minister Radek Sikorski at the weekend, comparing the proposed new pipeline between Russia and Germany with the Nazi-Soviet pact of 1939.

What a way to mark the second anniversary of Polish membership of the EU.

His complaint is that the German government planned this project without reference to the interests of their immediate eastern neighbour. A pipeline under the Baltic Sea could be used to divide up the European countries and cut some of them off.

Poland joined the EU in search of security in an uncertain world – the Poles perhaps have more experience than most of how uncertain the world can be – and a fragmented approach to relations with Russia is not what they thought they were inheriting.

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