EVENT TRANSCRIPT: On 6 May 2013, the AIIA (NSW) hosted Europe’s most controversial Foreign Minister, Poland’s Radek Sikorski. At the event, Mr Sikorski made his only major speech on his official visit to Australia and New Zealand. After the speech on the future of Europe in the Asian Century – the first on this subject in Australia by a European minister – he answered questions, before going on to meet his host, Senator Bob Carr, our foreign minister.
Radek Sikorski has been Poland’s longest-serving foreign minister since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Warsaw Pact. During his six years in office, he has been a strong supporter of the European Union, and an advocate for the future of the eurozone currency area. In a previous Cabinet appointment, he was minister of national defence.