Sorry Boletus, Friedman is not to be taken seriously...
Because you dont like what he writes?:)
Lets make it clear, Friedman observes some very true points but dresses them up in some utter bull, Poland rises when Germany and/or Russia weakens is for example absolutely true, that Germans and Russians are monsters despite not wanting to be them is anoher real assumption.
He does write a lot of bull and his book is funny but he does make a lot of things right.
Take everything he writes with a heavy grain of salt...
Thats also true, Friedman has a typically american view of Europe but he does get some things right, Visegrad group is just one initiative but it outlines a certain truth that Friedman pointed out, uniting smaller states in cental/eastern Europe is the road to power for Poland, its a rocky and unlikey road but if told Germans in the XVI century they'll be kicking France's arse soon enough they'd laugh at you.
See how far Prussia went from the p*ss sized state to a regional power.