Mikor mondja ezt végre egy hun politikus? Mikor jut el ide az a sok melldöngető nacionalista észlény? Értem én, hogy ez nem az átlag lengyel. Ez egy kivételesen okos lengyel. Ezért alkalmazzák külügyminiszterként.
All of us gathered here in the House consider ourselves patriots. To quote the historian Lord Acton, “Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion.” However, tribal or sectarian hectoring must not be mistaken for patriotism. ...
However, responsible policy cannot be based on the mythology of martyrdom. The greatest patriot is not he who talks the most about patriotism, but he who really works to benefit Poland.
Halljátok ezt, mi-védtük-Európát-a-töröktől nagyokosok? (Frászt védtük Európát ... magunkat akartuk védeni, csak elbasztuk.)
Historical resentment is not worth pursuing. Despite all the misfortunes that have befallen us, we now have a good basis from which to rebuild our position. The ever more prosperous Poland, which coexists peacefully with its neighbours, elicits respect and even envy abroad. To those who consider that the greatest expression of patriotism is to accuse a democratically elected government of servility to foreigners, condominium, re-Finlandisation, treason, and betrayal, I say: Come to your senses! And understand that today’s Poland – which is founded on democratic and free-market values, which we all sought in our own ways, where many wrongs are still unaccounted for, and which is still far from ideal – is the best Poland we have ever had. Learn to love it!
In the 2010 Transparency International index, Poland advanced to 41st place out of 180 countries – the highest position in the Visegrad Group, when as recently as 2007 Poland ranked lower than Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
EU membership has made us stronger. EU Member States account for two-thirds of our trade.
How do others perceive Poland? Despite the occasional incidents that distort our history, Poland gets good press. “Horse power to horsepower,” writes The Economist. Der Spiegel talks of an “uninterrupted blossoming” and characterises Poland as a “regional power.” Le Monde calls us “Europe’s top economic student.” Gone for good are the days when Western newspapers printed photos of wooden carts drawn by gaunt mares. We have gone from a “poor cousin” to a soon-to-be member of the eurozone.
És ami most jön, attól mindjárt könnyezek:
The upcoming Presidency of the Council of the EU will provide a great opportunity for us to move closer to this goal. Napoleon Bonaparte once said that “a leader is a dealer in hope.” In these difficult times for the European project, Poland has ideas on how to breathe new life into many EU initiatives.
No one in the EU expects superhuman feats of us. What is expected, however, is that we be an advocate of the European interest, and an arbiter of national interests. The laws and decisions enacted during our Presidency are meant to benefit over 500 million EU citizens. We must demonstrate maturity and pragmatism. At times, we will seek Solomon solutions. We shall pursue our interest, but we shall not be self-interested. Our interest lies in strengthening Poland’s image as a stable and effective country. In consolidating our good brand.