Seanus: I realise that, Torq. However, Russia are prepared to stick to principles as they see them.
The Union has over 500 million population and generates an estimated 30% share
of the nominal gross world product. Russia is a dwarf compared to the EU and they
should consider it very carefully before "sticking to their principles".
Seanus: They will take on Europe
Well, good luck to them and may God help them if they ever do :-)
Seanus: Maybe but they are in a transitional phase with their new PM. Some regimes struggle badly in times of changes
It is essential for Russia to transform into a modern, democratic state without
imperial, superpower ambitions. Dreaming about coming back to their imperial
past will only bring them trouble.
Seanus: Do you feel that corruption in Poland has been lowered by accession to the EU? If so, how?
I believe it was lowered, if only by adhering to common standards and having EU control
over many funds and projects. The law was adjusted in Poland to EU standards in most
areas and if you have a good law, then you have less space open for corruption and
aberrations on administrative level. Unfortunately, we had the most ridiculous economic
system imposed on us for 45 years and now we have to fight the damages and bad habits
that it left behind.