Sławomir Sierakowski's article was published in "NYT", March 28.
Eastern Europe, which, beginning with Poland, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of freedom from Communism, has suddenly awakened from a beautiful dream about the end of history. No less an authority than Adam Michnik, the legendary Polish anti-Communist dissident, recently announced that 2014 marks the end of the best period in Poland’s history in three centuries.
The foreign press is writing a lot about Poland, which, thanks to its engagement in Ukraine, has strengthened its international position, especially compared to the rest of the European Union. Nevertheless, Poland’s security depends on the strength of the Union, and so seems more threatened than at any point since the fall of Communism.
We are entering uncertain times: In contrast to Eastern Europe’s foray into independence after World War I, no close intraregional alliances were formed in the aftermath of 1989; rather, each country placed all its hopes in joining NATO and the European Union.