Robin Barnett » Ambassador to Poland, Warsaw

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

A GREAT British Presence at the Krynica Economic Forum

I have just completed a hectic couple of GREAT days at the Krynica Economic Forum. Our mission was to promote British expertise, capability and innovation and highlight the opportunity that Poland and the rest of Emerging Europe represents for British business.  Krynica is sometimes described as the Central European Davos and attracts a high profile audience of politicians, business leaders and commentators. How did we achieve this? By running a … Read more »A GREAT British Presence at the Krynica Economic Forum

Escape from Warsaw: history, optimism and far too much cake!

I am just back from a long weekend working visit to Warminsko Mazurskie region in North Eastern Poland. It was a reminder that there is a lot more to Poland than cities like Warsaw. The region has a complex history. I visited the site of the Battle of Grunwald where Poles and Lithuanians defeated the Teutonic Knights in 1410 and Frombork, where Copernicus lived for many years. There is a … Read more »Escape from Warsaw: history, optimism and far too much cake!

Anniversaries: why history matters.

It has been another really busy but rewarding week for me. The highlights included reminders of history, a visit to Poznan and further evidence of the potential to increase trade and investment with Poland. The Fourth of June was both the anniversary of the historic 1989 elections in Poland when Solidarity won a remarkable victory and the 31st anniversary of my first arrival in Poland in 1982. I freely admit … Read more »Anniversaries: why history matters.

Seventieth Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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19 April marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This was an extraordinary demonstration of heroism by a small group of Jewish resistance fighters against overwhelming odds. For nearly a month, they held out against some 2000 German soldiers with heavy weapons. Remarkably, a small group of the resistance fighters survived. The commemoration of this anniversary was truly moving. Together with the Head of the UK delegation, Don … Read more »Seventieth Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The multi-faceted life of an Ambassador

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It has been a busy time for both me and the wider Embassy team. A recent Tuesday found me trying not to confuse the financing of energy investment in Poland with a trilateral Afghan, Polish, British roundtable on progress and next steps in Afghanistan. Both are really important. Poland and the UK both need to invest huge sums to upgrade our energy infrastructure to ensure energy security and meet our … Read more »The multi-faceted life of an Ambassador

Happy International Women’s Day!

I am delighted to introduce today’s guest blog by an old friend, Dorota Mitrus*, who made an important contribution to helping promote effective democratic participation in Poland post-1989 and is now engaged in promoting democracy and effective governance in many other countries. Her blog speaks for itself. What I would like to stress is that while for some in Poland International Women’s Day is associated with the communist regime, the … Read more »Happy International Women’s Day!