Poland is a dashing young tango dancer seducing the beautiful young lady that is the EU. That, at least, is how Poland is promoting the fact it takes over the EU's helm for 6 months starting on Friday in a video by renowned Polish animator Tomasz Baginski.
Jaded Western audiences might scoff at the notion of the Polish seduction artist, but historical precedents do exist. The dashing Polish revolutionary stole the hearts of many a young Western European doyenne back in the day.
Modern Polish politicians tap into this vein as well. Who can forget the recent jest by President Bronislaw Komorowski: Why do Polish men kiss a woman's hand? Because you have to start somewhere.
As we noted, Prime Minister Donald Tusk has also showed his Don Juan side when asked whether Poland had "buttoned up" preparations for the EU presidency. "[…] I'm looking at the lady editor's summer dress and buttoning up is not what comes to mind," Tusk said. "I like . . . summer."
The rest of the EU, you have been warned. Don't come crying to Poland X when Poland, after a successful seduction, slips out in the middle of the night come January and leaves you weeping.