The Baltic-Black Sea Alliance

The idea of a Baltic-Black Sea alliance has a long and complicated history. See in particulate Marek Jan Chodakiewicz’s magisterial Intermarium: The Land between the Black and Baltic Seas (Transaction, 2012), and the present author’s “New Polish President Makes Baltic-Black Sea Alliance a Centerpiece of His Foreign Policy,” August 13, 2015.

And it is clear that the obstacles to its formation both from Moscow and the West and within its possible ranks, especially Belarus and Ukraine, are extremely large, making it easy for many to dismiss this out of hand. But there are at least two reasons why doing so is almost certainly a mistake.

New Polish President Makes Baltic–Black Sea Alliance a Centerpiece of His Foreign Policy

On August 5, one day before his inauguration, Polish president-elect Andrzej Duda said that he would make the creation of such an alliance among the states between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas the centerpiece of his foreign policy efforts. Over time, he suggested, this regional bloc could lead to deeper economic, military and even political integration (, August 5). Duda then alluded again to this proposal in more generalized terms on his inauguration day (, August 6). In doing so, he resuscitated an idea that had been pushed by his predecessor and mentor, the former president Lech Kaczyński, who passionately supported this brainchild of Piłsudski (, August 5). Kaczyński died in a tragic aircraft accident over western Russia in April 2010—an accident that a small but vocal minority inside Poland remains convinced was caused by Moscow. For its part, Moscow has always been against any type of cooperation among the states of Central-Eastern Europe, viewing it as a kind of wall blocking Russia off from the rest of Europe (, August 6).

The new Polish head of state clearly sees the time as being ripe for such a push: East-West tensions are at their highest levels since the dark days of the Cold War; Ukraine needs help, and cooperation of this kind with its Central-Eastern European neighbors would open the way for more assistance; the United Kingdom and France are not against an arrangement that might counterbalance growing German power in the East; and Poland itself is interested in creating an alliance or buffer zone to protect itself against the aggressive designs of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The United States has not taken a position on this notion, but would likely oppose it if the Intermarium is directed—as it almost certainly would be—against Moscow.

Poland removes EU flag in Brussels snub

Poland’s new conservative euro-sceptic government has removed the European Union flag from its weekly press conference for Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, in a symbolic gesture that underscores the new regime’s cooler relations with Brussels, and its more patriotic outlook.

“We have adopted the principle that the statements made after the meeting of the Polish cabinet will be implemented against the background of the most beautiful, white-and-red flags,” Ms Szydlo, who was sworn in as prime minister last week, said in response to a question asking where the EU flags, which had previously featured alongside Polish flags, had disappeared to.

Ms Szydlo’s right-wing, socially-conservative Law and Justice party won a sweeping majority — the first in modern Polish history — last month, reports Henry Foy in Warsaw.

Since the election, the party has said it will not honour an EU scheme to share refugees, and voiced concern over the EU’s climate change policies.

(financial times)

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Athletics doping: Russia provisionally suspended by IAAF

Russia’s athletics federation has been provisionally suspended from international competition – including the Olympic Games – for its alleged involvement in widespread doping.

The IAAF took action after the publication of an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report that alleged “state-sponsored doping”.

Its council members voted 22-1 in favour of Russia being banned.

“This is a wake-up call for all of us,” said IAAF president Lord Coe.

Discussing the Russian Orthodox Church

Dear Roman,

I’ve got a question if you allow me. Putin’s actions have not convinced me that his position is just “oppositional to the West”, but independant.

It seems to me it flows from a direct interpretation of Slavic Orthodoxy. I’ve read dozens of books on the West, Islam, liberalism, but not on Orthodoxy.

Do you have a good tip of a writer on orthodoxy? I prefer the non-hyperbolic kind, factual explainers. My intention is to understand what Russian actions flow directly from the Orthodox worldview and which are just opportunistic realpolitik.



I don’t think you’ll find it I’m afraid.

Despite how they advertise themselves to Western conservatives, Russia is only about 40% Orthodox, and only about 45% Christian. The US, by contrast is about 75% Christian.

My biggest recommendation would be the treatment Francis Fukuyama gives to the Orthodox Church and Russia’s political development in Origin of Political Order.

They never had the church as a separate pole of power as was the case in the west’s miraculous political development. The Russian Orthodox church was always ceasaropapist — the church was always a rubber stamp of the state for the government and the presider over an illiterate and supersticious populace. (Read Chekov’s “The Peasants”.)

They became even more so in the 13th century when the Mongolian invasion severed their ties to Byzantium.

Today, their current head is a former KGB agent, they have a ridiculously high abortion rate compared to the rest of Europe.

Thanks for asking.


Thnx for your response. I think this is a fascinating topic.

Your pieces on Daily Anarchist influenced my thinking a lot


I do agree in that his actions are independent, but Russia is all about power

oh, man. That’s such a big compliment, thank.

Westerners have no idea how dark and deep Russian nihilism goes.
So they think everybody is trying to hurt them, including their neighbors.

Universal Ideologies — like those we take for granted in the west — they perceive as either hopelessly naive, or as hoaxes designed to outsmart them.


No problem. I was already in that direction, you articulated my thoughts quite well. 8 years I was sort of an Buchanan/ thinker on Russia, but I changed my mind after Putin strangled E-Europe w/ the pipeline. Crimea/Ukraine/MH17 did the rest.

Putin was so disrespectful. Smiling with the FIFA after downing a plane by your doing.


That makes both of us part of a long tradition

people who looked to Russia as an alternative to west and became horrified. Here’s my favorite member of that tradition from 175 years ago:

French writer Marquis de Custine:

He traveled to Russia after becoming disgusted with French populism.

He started optimistic, but became so horrified that he became a famous critic of Russia and has gone down in history as such.


For the record, I think faith plays an important role in society, and Christianity is better than the other Abrahamic religions and getting people to cooperate. It is the only one which emphasizes forgiveness.

Story about foreign fighters in Ukraine

I’ve met Eriksson. Great guy. He’s also an amateur kick boxer and a software entrepreneur.

For most of these men, integration in the civilian world was difficult before coming to Ukraine and the question of what they will do after the war is one left answered. But when on the frontline, they are content to fight.

Eriksson originally came for his politics, to fight Russia and defend Europe, but stayed for the friendship and excitement of the front. “It’s the friends, you know, coming back to the Greek and other guys I love. I love those guys. Also, you feel like you’re a traitor if you don’t take part in the fight. It would be like you’re at home just as ‘The Greek’ said, ‘living my white middle class life,’ you know. So that feels also like I want to do something. But it’s also because you get hooked on it, you get hooked on the adrenaline and stuff, and it’s a good life.”