From the front line of war in Ukraine, Poland sees a changing EU

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Poland is now on the front line.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak
Polish President Andrzej Duda and Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak meet Polish instructors and Ukrainian soldiers training on Leopard 2 A4 tanks in the 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade in Swietoszow, Poland, February 13, 2023 [File: Kacper Pempel/Reuters]

Polish leaders were not taken seriously about a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, though they were concerned long before the first air raid sirens rang out in Kyiv in 2022. Ever since, Poland has played a leadership role, pushing the European Union for more aid to Ukraine and hosting both foreign militaries and millions of refugees as a front-line country. But Poland has its own longstanding conflict with the EU, and it has been pushed to the back burner. How has the war in Ukraine changed Poland, and how has Poland changed the EU?

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Source: Al Jazeera