Crisis is a Greek word that accompany us from the ancient times. On the other hand, there is a Polish proverb saying: 'What won’t kill you, will strengthen you'. Continous crises in Europe may help in redefining its new role and way of functioning. Managing crises might become a permanent element of our reality. – said dr Małgorzata Bonikowska, the President of CIR, during a discussion on the future of the EU at the YPIN meeting in Kraków. The meeting was moderated by Karolina Zbytniewska, editor in chief of Euractiv.pl. Bogusław Sonik, an MP and Marcin Żyła, deputy editor in chief of Tygodnik Powszechny also took part in the discussion.

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The European Union has got a dillema whether to develop as a whole community or internationally – relying on decisions made by particular governments. It is important to not loose “the big picture” – the broader perspective. The European Union is providing us with the balance of power on the continent. In addition it provides the western world with political cohesion. Strong European Union is also in the interest of the United States. – said Janusz Reiter,  the Chairman of Centre for International Relations foundation board, in his speech on the future of the European Union during the 8th European Economic Congress in Katowice Spodek Arena.

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A man who has stood for liberal democracy in Europe for almost 40 years. A true friend of Estonia and freedom. This is what the President of Estonia – Tomass Henrik Ilves – wrote on his Twitter account about Eugeniusz Smolar. An expert and a member of the board of Centre for International Relations was awarded with a class V Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana for his contribution to journalism for the Republic of Estonia. The award has been constituted in 1995 to honour the Estonian independence and it is the highest class decoration given to non-Estonian citizens for special services to the Republic of Estonia.

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