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Poland: The Vanguard of Central and Eastern Europe

Jan 12, 2016 | 09:00 GMT
Demonstrators stage a "flash mob" to protest a new media law Jan. 9.
(AFP/AFP PHOTO/WOJTEK RADWANSKI)

The European Union is fragmenting, and Russia is becoming more active in its former Soviet sphere of influence. In such upheaval, it is no surprise that a string of countries running from the Baltic Sea down the Carpathians to the Black Sea is slowly developing a common interest in countering Moscow while chafing under Western European interference. This is especially true of Poland, which sees itself as the natural leader of Central and Eastern Europe. But uniting these countries, whose agendas often conflict with one another and with Poland's, will not be easy....

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