STRONG PRO-WESTERN COURSE OF POLAND
Poland, officially the Republic of Poland is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. The total area of Poland is 120,726 square miles, making it the 71st largest country in the world and the 9th largest in Europe.
Poland´s history as a state begins near the middle of the 10th century. Poles belong to the most patriotic and rebellious nations in Europe. Because of the central location between two powers, Russia and Germany, Poles often had to fight against these countries to defend their independence. Poland changed the course of history in 1989 by becoming the first Eastern Europe country to break free from communism. Since then, economic and social changes have been enormous. Despite the vast destruction the country experienced in World War II, Poland, fortunately, managed to preserve much of its cultural wealth.
It has been recognized for hundreds of years, since beginnings of geopolitical strategy, that Poland is the heart of Europe and in that sense, whichever power controls Poland has influence over the whole of Europe. Being located between East and West, and Poland knows from historical experience that they cannot stay in a grey zone - they must be connected with the West. After the collapse of communism, Polish society overwhelmingly supported pro-Western policy and consequently followed such pro-Western policy and linked their security with membership in NATO. Poland is strengthening its army and trying to invest more than other Western countries. Poland is one of the strongest pro-European countries in the Union, while still maintaining its national identity.
WARSAW – THE CAPITAL OF COLORS
The country’s capital is one of the top tourist attractions in Europe. Most of the city guests are captivated by its magical atmosphere and the splendid architecture. Its widely varied architecture reflects the city's long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. The city's Old Town was restored after heavy damage during WWII. Its heart is Market Square, with pastel buildings and open-air cafes. The Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid at its center is the city’s symbol.