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“Compromise (a temporary license) does not eliminate the problem of the future of the independent TVN television network” – writes Eugeniusz Smolar, analyst at the Centre for International Relations

18 October 2021
In the media

The Polish government’s attempt to force the American company Discovery to sell the popular TV station TVN and the TVN24 news channel shocked many in the country and beyond. This move goes against the policy of all of Poland’s governments since 1989 to pursue the closest possible transatlantic relations and the US military presence in Poland and the wider region – writes Eugeniusz Smolar, foreign and security policy analyst at the Centre for International Relations.

Numerous consultations between senior American diplomats and the Polish government failed to resolve the problem. The State Department and Secretary Antony Blinken himself responded with a warning. Even if the rulers somehow compromise (a word unknown in their vocabulary) and leave TVN alone, the strain and lack of trust between Washington and Warsaw will remain for a long time – adds analyst.

The article is available HERE