Last week, Belarus shut down the huge and increasingly dirty migrant settlement on the Polish border, removed an important hotspot and shifted the main focus of the crisis to the repatriation of asylum seekers. The European Commission estimated on Tuesday that there were still up to 15,000 migrants in Belarus, of which about 2,000 were near the borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
Instead of declaring victory, Warsaw insists that the fight rages on, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared on Sunday that “a hybrid war is currently raging on the Polish-Belarusian border.”
After months of condemning the European Union as a bully whose insistence on LGBT rights and legal independence posed a threat to Polish sovereignty and Christian values, Poland now presents itself as the bloc’s indispensable guardian, promoting a new government slogan with its own hashtag: #WeDefendEurope .
This message, embraced by other members of the European Union, has largely overshadowed Poland’s past image as a staunch troublemaker whose hostility to sexual minorities and refusal to comply with European Court of Justice decisions raised questions about its future EU membership.