Radosław (Radek) Tomasz Sikorski (Radosław Tomasz Sikorski)

Radek Sikorski, Polish politician

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Radosław (Radek) Tomasz Sikorski born 23 February 1963 in Bydgoszcz, is a Polish politician and journalist.

He served as Deputy Minister of National Defense (1992) in Jan Olszewski’s Cabinet and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998–2001) in Jerzy Buzek’s Cabinet. He was also Minister of National Defense (2005–2007) in Jarosław Kaczyński’s Cabinet. He is presently Minister of Foreign Affairs in Donald Tusk’s Cabinet since 2007.

Fotomontagen des polnischen Präsidenten sorgen für Aufruhr im Netz.

Eine Internetseite, die sich mit drastischen Fotomontagen gegen den polnischen Präsidenten Bronislaw Komorowski richtete, hat eine Diskussion über die Meinungsfreiheit im Internet ausgelöst. Der polnische Geheimdienst durchsuchte die Wohnung des Studenten, der die Seite betrieben hatte.

Der Präsident sieht darin eine angemessene Reaktion. Andere fordern, den Tatbestand der Präsidentenbeleidigung aus dem Gesetz zu streichen.

Hinzu kommt, dass Außenminister Radoslaw Sikorski einen persönlichen Kampf gegen Antisemitismus im Netz führt.

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Sikorski chaired the student strike committee in Bydgoszcz in March 1981 while studying at the I Liceum Ogólnokształcące. In June, he travelled to the United Kingdom to study English. After martial law was declared in December 1981, he was granted political asylum in Britain in 1982.[2] He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. During his time at Oxford, Sikorski was head of the Standing Committee of the debating society The Oxford Union where he organised debates on martial law, president of the University of Oxford Polish Society, member of the Canning Club,[3] and was elected to the dining club The Bullingdon Club, which counted among its members current British Prime Minister David Cameron and current Mayor of London Boris Johnson.[4] In 1987, Sikorski was awarded British citizenship, which he renounced in 2006 as Minister of Defence of Poland.

In the mid-1980s, Sikorski worked as a freelance journalist for publications such as The Spectator and The Observer. In 1986, he travelled to Afghanistan as a war correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph. He won the World Press Photo award in 1987 for a photograph of a family killed in a Soviet air raid in Afghanistan.[6] In 1989, he became the chief foreign correspondent for the American magazine National Review, writing from Afghanistan and Angola. In 1990-91 he was the Sunday Telegraph’s Warsaw correspondent.
From 1988 to 1992 he advised Rupert Murdoch on investing in Poland.
Sikorski returned to Poland in August 1989. He briefly served as deputy defence minister in the Jan Olszewski government in 1992. During this tenure, he initiated Poland’s NATO entry ambitions and supported the removal of Soviet troops from Polish territory.
From 1998 to 2001 Sikorski served as deputy minister of foreign affairs in the Jerzy Buzek government. He oversaw the consular service and issues surrounding Polish citizens abroad. He was also responsible for Asia, Africa and Latin America and was Honorary Chairman of the Foundation for Assistance to Poles in the East.[7] In 1999, his campaign against the slander of Poland was boosted by the high-profile case of Ted Turner’s public apology for a distasteful joke made during a speech in Washington.[8] Sikorski’s appeal to Polish nationals with dual citizenship to use the passport of the country they were visiting caused some controversy among the Polish expatriate community.[9]
From 2002 to 2005 he was a resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. and executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative.[10] He was editor of the analytical publication European Outlook, and organised international conferences. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the American Committees on Foreign Relations.[11]
Following this stint in the USA, Sikorski returned to Poland and was elected senator from his hometown of Bydgoszcz in 2005.[12] He joined Prime Minister Marcinkiewicz’s government as Minister of National Defence the same year. He resigned on February 5, 2007 largely in protest against the activities of the chief of military intelligence Antoni Macierewicz.[13] Though never a member of the Law and Justice party, he served out the parliamentary term in the Law and Justice Senatorial Club. In the early parliamentary elections of 2007, he was elected to the Lower House (Sejm) with 117,291 votes.[14] He was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs in Donald Tusk’s government on November 16, 2007.[15] He joined the Civic Platform party and became a member of its national board in 2008.[16]
Under Sikorski, relations between Poland and Germany have significantly improved: Minister of Foreign Affairs Westerwelle’s first foreign trip was to Warsaw, and the two ministers pioneered the international response to the 2010 Belarusian presidential election.[17] Relations with Russia have also improved: Sikorski visited Moscow in 2009 to enhance Polish-Russian cooperation; in 2010, President Medvedev and Foreign Minister Lavrov both visited Warsaw.[18] Sikorski has overseen a wide-ranging modernisation of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, transforming the internal organisational structure and infrastructure, introducing the use of new technologies, and carrying out a merger with Poland’s European Integration Committee (UKIE).[19] On August 20, 2008, Sikorski signed a missile defence agreement with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over the objections of Russia.[20] The agreement came less than two weeks after the breakout of the 2008 South Ossetian war in Georgia.[21] „Parchments and treaties are all very well,“ Sikorski said, „but we have a history in Poland of fighting alone and being left to our own devices by our allies.“[21] Despite the Obama administration’s later reneging on the missile defence shield, Sikorski successfully negotiated hosting a battery of Patriot missiles and the presence, for the first time in history, of American troops on Polish territory.

In March 2010, Sikorski took part in the Civic Platform Presidential primaries against the then Parliamentary Speaker Bronisław Komorowski, who went on to be elected President. Sikorski enjoys some of the highest approval and trust ratings among Polish politicians.

There was much press speculation that Sikorski would be named secretary general of NATO, a position held by Jaap de Hoop Scheffer until July 2009. In the event, NATO named Prime Minister of Denmark Anders Fogh Rasmussen, despite previous Turkish objections.

Sikorski is married to American journalist and historian Anne Applebaum. They have two children, Aleksander and Tadeusz. Sikorski rebuilt a manor in Chobielin, where he and his family are now based. During his time in Britain, Sikorski dated for four years the acclaimed actress Olivia Williams, who played Ruth Lang in Roman Polański’s The Ghost Writer.

Radosław Tomasz Sikorski, * 23. Februar 1963 in Bydgoszcz), oft bezeichnet mit der Kurzform Radek Sikorski, ist ein polnischer Politologe, Historiker, Politiker und Journalist. Vom 31. Oktober 2005 bis zum 5. Februar 2007 war er parteiloser Verteidigungsminister der polnischen Regierung. Seit 16. November 2007 ist er polnischer Außenminister und Mitglied der liberal-konservativen Partei Bürgerplattform (Platforma Obywatelska, PO).

Sikorski besuchte das Gymnasium in seiner Heimatstadt, wo er in der Solidarność-Zeit ein innerschulisches Streikkomitee leitete. Nach dem Abitur verließ er 1981 Polen und studierte Philosophie und Politikwissenschaft am Pembroke College der Universität Oxford, u. a. bei Leszek Kołakowski. Von 1986 bis 1989 kämpfte er an der Mudschahedin-Seite gegen die Sowjets[1] und arbeitete als Auslandskorrespondent für den Spectator und den Observer in Afghanistan, Angola und Jugoslawien. Für eine seiner Fotografien wurde ihm 1987 der World Press Photo-Award verliehen.[2] 1990 bis 1991 war er Polen-Korrespondent des Sunday Telegraph sowie zugleich Polen-Berater des Verlegers Rupert Murdoch. 1992 wurde er stellvertretender Verteidigungsminister im Kabinett von Jan Olszewski. Von 1998 bis 2001 war er stellvertretender Außenminister in der Regierung von Jerzy Buzek. Ab 2002 arbeitete er als Direktor der New Atlantic Initiative (NAI) im einflussreichen American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C. Bei den Wahlen von 2005 wurde er im Wahlkreis Bydgoszcz in den Polnischen Senat gewählt. Am 31. Oktober 2005 wurde er vom damaligen polnischen Ministerpräsidenten Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz als Verteidigungsminister vorgeschlagen. Er bekleidete dieses Amt (auch im nachfolgenden Kabinett Kaczyński) zwischen Dezember 2005 und Februar 2007.
Seit Herbst 2007 ist Sikorski Mitglied der liberalen PO, die bei den jüngsten Parlamentswahlen vom 21. Oktober 2007 stärkste Kraft im Sejm wurde. Am 10. November 2007 gab der designierte Premierminister Donald Tusk bekannt, dass Sikorski der künftige Außenminister der neuen polnischen Regierung sein soll.[3] Sikorski bewarb sich in seiner Partei um die Kandidatur für die Präsidentschaftswahl 2010. Er unterlag in der entscheidenden parteiinternen Urabstimmung am 27. März 2010 jedoch Bronisław Komorowski.[4]
Sikorski ist mit der amerikanischen Historikerin und Pulitzer-Preis-Trägerin Anne Applebaum verheiratet, sie haben zwei Kinder.

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