Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, citizen defense and paramilitary groups in Poland have seen their numbers swell. The government in Warsaw has officially included these troops in its plans for national defense.
The US ambassador claimed Washington had pledged to increase its deployment of 4,000 troops in Poland. But shortly afterward, the Pentagon said that "speculation on troop increases or agreements" was unfounded.
Warsaw wants Poles in the UK to come home and help the booming economy, well, keep booming. London now says it wants them to stay, but where does that leave the almost 1 million people caught in the middle?
Poland is rarely an advocate of moves that might help Moscow. But as its farmers suffer from EU sanctions against Russia and fear incoming agribusiness, Putin's anti-sanctions coalition has garnered an unlikely ally.
The German chancellor is meeting the heads of government of the Visegrad Group. But what do Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia actually stand for? And what sort of relationship do they have with the EU?
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