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From the Editor-in-Chief
March 1, 2013   
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Causa finita Roma locuta—Rome has spoken, case is closed. To be precise, it’s not Rome but Brussels, and the case isn’t closed yet because Strasbourg (the European Parliament) has yet to speak out. But we’re closer than ever to finalizing the deal.

The budget deal clinched by European Union leaders can be viewed from two perspectives. From the Polish perspective, it deserves a positive grade. Even though the budget as a whole is smaller for the first time in history, the Polish piece of the pie is bigger than previously. We have retained support for infrastructure development and for farmers, though in this latter case there is less room for optimism. We know that all the way until 2020, Poland and its people will take advantage of a unique performance-boosting shot in the arm. The analogy is intentional. Performance-enhancing drugs in sports help achieve the result but ravage the body. Meanwhile, our task here should be to strengthen the body first and foremost. If things go really well, it will be the last such fortifying injection, because after 2020 Poland will join the EU’s net contributors and those lagging behind will look to us for support.

The other perspective is less joyful. This is not a good budget for the EU’s future. It is a short-term solution, not a long-term plan. It reflects the current mood, relations among politicians and between politicians and their voters, instead of responding to global challenges. With this budget, the EU will fail to become a more consolidated organization ready to confront global economic and political competition; it won’t be a safer region than before, or a springboard to a better future.
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