Oct 17, 2011

Borders, borders, borders

I just read an article on Poland and Belarus having diplomatic tensions over Poland's easter borders, which of course are Belarus's western.,Poland-and-Belarus-in-border-row

I guess this is always going to be this way in the region that we define as Central Europe that countries borders are going to be disputed. Sure enoughthe 20th century was a time when our nation's got a little mixed up and then sliced up and then the borders were pushed and pulled. It is of course the tensions that result from these politics that define the relations between Central and Eastern European countries. Just imagine the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, which belonged to seven different states durint the 20th century.

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What Lukashenko the president of Belarus is implying is that Polanmd might want a revision of the borders set after World War II by the Stalin regime. It is certain that such claims are ridiculous and harmful for relations between not only Poland and Belarus, but also the EU and Belarus. It is worthy to note that not so long ago the EU held its Eastern Partnership event in Poland due to the polish presidency of the Council of the European Union. On this meeting the Belarus was criticised for its substantial democtratic deficit. As well as the latest Foreign Council meeting of the EU reaffirmed its restrictions on the BElarus and also made 16 new travel bans and asset freezes. So it is the most likely that noone takes the border row as the main subject of this conversation it is only a way to attack those who we think might have hit us first.  

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