With events in north Africa having taken up much of the EU's attention over the last six months, the bloc's eastern neighbours are hoping Poland will put them back on the agenda when it takes over the rotating presidency.
Polish women are marching again this Sunday and Monday. They could succeed where the opposition, the European Commission and other protests failed, and redraw Poland's political map.
British leader Theresa May has repeated that the UK wants free trade, but not free immigration with the EU, while speaking warmly of “friends, allies”.
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With Croatia still finalising talks on EU entry, Jan Truszczynski, Poland's one-time negotiator, recalls the "patronising" attitudes of Western states and the fact there is no such thing as a friend when you are trying to get into the club.
With Poland taking over the presidency of the European Union on 1 July, EUobserver presents a short non-exhaustive guide: Defence, the Eastern Partnership, and the Single Market Act are all on the agenda.
Poland is hoping its forthcoming presidency of the EU will complete the process of turning itself from prickly newcomer into a heavyweight member state. As a sign of its confidence it has put EU defence, a difficult dossier, on its to-do list.
Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski has promised to be EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton's "loyal deputy." But his outspoken ways could upstage her despite his best intentions.
Non-eurozone country Poland has managed to get into what is normally an exclusive meeting of euro-using finance ministers, as Warsaw wonders "if it's safe to join."
The financial crisis and Arab Spring migrants have given rise to a "new euroscepticism" inside the union, Polish leader Donald Tusk has warned as Poland takes over the EU presidency.
Poland has been a relative bright spot in the dreary economic landscape of the European Union. But Poles have mixed feelings about life in their country and many are still going abroad to work.
It takes a certain level of aspiration before one can take advantage of opportunities at hand. Poland has both. But it couples high aspirations with moderate expectations, writes Bartek Nowak.
As a large and ambitious member state, Poland will be the first country to really test the arrangement - in the EU's Lisbon Treaty - that national governments assume all the work and expense of running the EU presidency without enjoying the limelight.
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