International Reports

Elections in Warsaw, Negotiations in Brussels

by Dr. Christian Schmitz, Agnieszka Lada

Polish Parliamentary Elections and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

For Poland 2011 was a year of challenges and tests. The government in Warsaw had to cope with holding the Presidency of the EU for the first time since joining the Union. Poland proposed an ambitious agenda for the period of its EU Presidency, which it would have to implement at the same time as holding its own national elections. The end result was success for the Polish government: it not only won the elections but also served a positive and professional term as President of the Council.