This week, the Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski (also on twitter: @sikorskiradek) gave an excellent speech on the future of the EU in Berlin. (also a timely reminder that Poland holds the Council Presidency at the moment)
The title “Poland and the Future of the European Union” might not sound very exciting, but don’t be fooled. Just read it! I wish more politicians had the courage to give speeches like that. A clever structure, historical references, plain language and some radical proposals that go beyond the current debate that is dominated by economics. It is a pro-Europe speech but he comes across as polite and honest – you get the feeling there is someone who really is trying to develop constructive proposals for the future of the EU. Or as Charles Crawford noted: “That speech (…) was not by a Polish Foreign Minister. It was by a new European leader” (Update 30/11: hmm, so it turns out that Crawford was consulted by Sikorski before the speech)
The line “I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity” has obviously been making the rounds in Germany and elsewhere. I think he could have avoided the alarmist word ”apocalyptic’ when describing the current crisis but overall this is a speech worth reading. Hopefully other Foreign Ministers and Prime Ministers/Chancellors take note!