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About the Speech:

In his address, Piotr Buras argued that Poland, once  an example of successful democratisation and Europeanisation, is seen today by some in the EU as a country turning away from Europe and liberal democracy. In December 2017, the European Commission triggered Article 7 TEU, claiming that Warsaw is at risk of violating fundamental EU values. Mr Buras will explore the sources of Poland’s current attitude towards the EU and how the new Polish European policy will impact on relations with the country’s key partners.

About the Speaker:

Piotr Buras is a journalist, author and expert in German and European politics. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked as a columnist and Berlin correspondent for “Gazeta Wyborcza”, the biggest Polish daily. He started his professional career in the late 1990s at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw, one of the first Polish think tanks. He continued his career at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). He was also visiting fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. His recent book “Muslims and the other Germans. The Reinvention of the Berlin Republic” was published in Polish in 2011.