Eastern Europe monitor

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We express our appreciation to the Euro-Atlantic Community and the European Union for their engagement in the protection of the rule of law and democracy in our country. Any discussions, resolutions, and recommendations taken in their midst do not constitute “interference in Poland’s internal matters”, but are the expression of a legitimate concern about the condition of our country and the rights of its citizens.

“Poland and Hungary, two countries that would not have been free but for the United States and the long Cold War, have now decided this democracy is too much trouble,” Clinton said on Friday at a campaign stop for his wife, probable Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “They want Putin-like leadership: just give me an authoritarian dictatorship and keep the foreigners out.” Poland’s foreign ministry said in an e-mailed statement that the comments were “unfair,” spoken during a heated election campaign and not in line with the views of President Barack Obama’s administration.

Nearly 100 years ago, Tomaz Masaryk crossed the Atlantic in search of friends for his country’s cause. He did not appeal to America’s geopolitical self-interest. He did not offer to sell the United States oil, or offer us access to some vast new market. He did not promise a secret Alliance against other major powers. Tomas Masaryk had a deeper understanding of national interests than that. He appealed to the United States on the basis of a profound connection between Czechoslovak and American ideals. He believed that the children of George Washington could find common cause with the descendants of Jan Hus and Juraj Jánošík. He believed that a nation's success depends on its purpose and that America’s purpose and that of the Czech and Slovak peoples are the same, and that our shared purpose is freedom.