The first day of the NATO summit in Warsaw opened Friday with the signing of a joint declaration between Brussels and the Atlantic Alliance. It is a broad agreement, focused on seven urgent points: prevention of hybrid threats, maritime security, cyber defense, military interoperability, strengthening of the defense industry in the old continent, exercises, coordination and increased resilience of the civil infrastructure of European countries.
Leaders have shown firmness in dealing with one of the unexpected themes of the summit. Whoever thought Brexit could unsettle the agenda has had to think again. London confirmed that it would set an example to other countries with a commitment to allocate at least 2 percent of its GDP to military spending. In an interview with the conservative daily “Rzeczpospolita,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said that Brexit could have positive implications on the U.K.’s contribution to NATO: “I believe that the exit from the E.U. could push London to a greater commitment in other international organizations,” said the Polish head of the state, Andrzej Duda.
Friday, on the morning before the opening of the summit, the Polish president met behind closed doors with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama. A bilateral meeting between the two leaders in which the American president did not spare a jab at Duda on the constitutional crisis in progress in Warsaw: “I have the utmost respect for the national sovereignty of Poland. I also understand that the parliament is working on a solution, but it is necessary to do more,” Obama said after the meeting with Duda. Two days ago, the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish Parliament, approved in record time a new “reparation” reform of the Constitutional Court in light of the recommendations from the Venice Commission.