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Historic exchange of Polish and British tanks in Bydgoszcz

Guest blog by Sarah Tiffin, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.   In tough times, friends look out for each other.  This has been a constant in the relationship between Poland and the UK.  The brave Polish airmen who fought in the Battle of Britain have passed into legend, as have the heroic actions of the Polish troops alongside British forces at places such as the Falaise Gap, Arnhem and Monte Cassino.  Our … Read more »Historic exchange of Polish and British tanks in Bydgoszcz

UK and Poland: strong collaboration in the past and present times

On 4th July we celebrated some remarkable Polish, French and British individuals and some equally remarkable trilateral collaboration between our three countries. Breaking the Enigma code undoubtedly saved thousands of lives and shortened the war. And the Polish contribution was crucial. The history of how Enigma came to be broken has been shrouded in mystery. Two of my own relatives worked at Bletchley Park during World War Two. But they … Read more »UK and Poland: strong collaboration in the past and present times

PSVI Global Summit in London – Time To Act

In May 2012, British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the “Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative” or “PSVI” In short, PSVI is about preventing the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon in conflict. In so many conflict situations, it affects not only large numbers of women, but also men and children. However, the perpetrators of such appalling crimes are rarely brought to justice. For example, only around 30 people have … Read more »PSVI Global Summit in London – Time To Act

Poland – 25 amazing years

Even in a year of important anniversaries for Poland, the 25th anniversary of Solidarity’s victory in the elections of 4 June 1989 is a special moment. I arrived in Poland for the first time exactly seven years earlier. I would like to be able to say that I predicted what was to come. But I did not. What I can say is that Solidarity’s win set the stage for the … Read more »Poland – 25 amazing years

World War One – a sacrifice never to be forgotten

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The fourth of August will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One. The world was a very different place with Poland not even on the map of Europe. A proud independent, free Poland only emerged from the ashes of the war. But that did not mean that the Great War, as it became known, did not impact on what is today Polish soil. Bitter battles were … Read more »World War One – a sacrifice never to be forgotten

European security under new scrutiny

I last commented publicly on the subject of European security at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Krakow in May 2013. A lot has happened since then. The crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea is of course the most significant development. I wrote recently about how Russia’s actions are completely indefensible and what the UK, in lock step with European partners and NATO allies like Poland is doing … Read more »European security under new scrutiny

The UK and Ireland: diplomatic relations… – guest post by Sarah Tiffin, Deputy Head of Mission

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Tomorrow my husband Pádraig and I will hold a reception in our home to mark the occasion of the State Visit last week to the United Kingdom of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.    Our situation is an unusual one. I am Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy here in Warsaw, and he is Deputy Head at the Embassy of Ireland. We have three children with … Read more »The UK and Ireland: diplomatic relations… – guest post by Sarah Tiffin, Deputy Head of Mission

Guest blog by Michał Cichowlas – Economic Officer from the British Embassy Warsaw, summing up “The Future of a Competitive EU” discussion in the Polish Parliament

Mark Garnier MP, Chargé d’Affaires Sarah Tiffin, Julian Smith MP, Michal Cichowlas and Ian Fox on a tour of the Polish Parliament

  On Friday 28 March members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as representatives of the UK government, met some of their counterparts in Poland. During a conference organised jointly by the British Embassy and Polish parliament, they had a wide-ranging discussion about the economic and institutional reform necessary in the EU. From a personal point of view, such Polish-British dialogue has a special significance: my family … Read more »Guest blog by Michał Cichowlas – Economic Officer from the British Embassy Warsaw, summing up “The Future of a Competitive EU” discussion in the Polish Parliament

Crimea: a sham referendum

President Putin has now signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state. The United Kingdom, in common with Poland, the rest of the European Union and the majority of the international community, does not recognise the 16th March Crimea referendum or its outcome as legal or legitimate. Both the British and Polish governments have strongly condemned recognition. As our Foreign Secretary William Hague said, “We are witnessing a clear … Read more »Crimea: a sham referendum

Ukrainians must choose their own future

Resolving the Ukraine crisis is a top priority for Britain and Poland: this matters to us because we both believe in a world where the rule of law is upheld and territorial integrity respected. We need to deter further Russian military action and de-escalate the situation. Our Prime Ministers David Cameron and Donald Tusk have been in regular contact and helping to lead the EU and international response to the … Read more »Ukrainians must choose their own future