Jerzy Haszczyński puts forward an intriguing model of ally relations with Paris. It can be described as French love – we have to kneel to receive kind words in return. However, this is not how I see international relations – Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland writes in „Rzeczpospolita”.
– “France has a serious offer for Poland” – writes Jerzy Haszczyński (“Rzeczpospolita” October 27th 2015). What does this profitable business consist in? French authorities will no longer treat us like “the German press” does, and the PiS government will be seen as Gaullist, rather than simply extremist – Malinowski reminds.
Haszczyński claims that the price for this is not too high: all it takes is to stick to one’s obligation to an ally. In his opinion, Paris ought to be assured that the new government will not change the decision of the previous one regarding the acquisition of French Caracal helicopters. – I am an expert when it comes to technical details, but I have no doubt that a political and economic alliance with France with a big arms contract is the right thing to do – the journalist assesses.
– Such preposterous arguments are used not by an employee of the French embassy in off the record conversations, not by a lobbyist or a provincial Francophile, but an experienced and serious journalist. Frankly, I thought that serious journalists in this country had some reservations regarding alliances with France – at least since September 1939, when our great ally has met his obligation in a manner that could be described as moderately active – the President expresses his surprise.
– As an adult, I adhere to the principle of British PM Henry Temple stating that politics are guided by interests rather than sentiment and naïve faith in stable alliances – he adds.
– It’s a pity that Jerzy Haszczyński did not write what the particular blessings of the Alliance in France would be. Therefore, maybe I should remind you what is important for us. Lowering the unemployment rate and maintaining domestic production at as high a level as possible are of strategic importance for us. Are our Caracal-producing allies particularly concerned with this area, or at least more concern than the other two companies offering thousands of jobs in a sector of strategic importance, what is more – located in a poor region near the eastern border? – assesses Malinowski.
– What if the Russians acquire more arms – they clearly do have much bigger capacities than we do? If one day Mistral ships were to sail from Toulon to Petersburg and with them helicopters and tanks? As I understand, France would then be both our and their ally. All we have to do is kneel!!! – he summarizes.