Poland's inclusion in the enlarged European Union in 2004 had
proved successful, and some initial concerns about possible
adverse effects on New Zealand's agricultural interests had
since receded, Dr James Headley said yesterday.
Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 had sparked the
beginning of World War 2, and Poland's inclusion, with nine
other nations, in the EU in 2004 had reflected a more
collaborative, harmonious post-war era, Dr Headley, a
University of Otago senior lecturer in politics, said in an
Dr Headley was one of several speakers in an open lecture at
the university yesterday, to mark the 10th anniversary of
Poland's accession to the EU in 2004.
The Polish Heritage Trust of Otago and Southland, which
initiated the anniversary event, was one of the Polish
cultural groups playing a lively role in New Zealand society,