Professor Buzek adds Polish humour in his Transatlantic talks:
So thinking about the same, having the same heritage, the same basic values built for centuries, we cannot have full agreement, so we need cooperation. As Madam Secretary said a few minutes ago together – maybe I don’t remember – we must work together to understand more, something like that – it’s a citation.
So it’s truth and we are ready for that. And we are – we just start working together to reduce the size of Atlantic Ocean to something like (inaudible) lake.
SECRETARY CLINTON: (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT BUZEK: It would be great we could do that, even having Iceland in the middle sometimes with volcano we can manage, even going by ships from one side to another. Because 200 and 300 years ago was no other possibility for Europeans than to go by ships —
SECRETARY CLINTON: Right.
PRESIDENT BUZEK: — to United States and to stay forever.
SECRETARY CLINTON: That’s right. (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT BUZEK: So now, we are exchanging in different way. So thank you very much once again.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you.
PRESIDENT BUZEK: We didn’t mention here so many points which were very interesting during our discussion. But still, it was a great discussion.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much.
PRESIDENT BUZEK: Thank you much. Thank you.
And it goes on like this:
MR. CROWLEY: On the European side, (inaudible) from the Polish press agency.
QUESTION: Madam Secretary, President Buzek sort of complained a little bit about cooperation of United States with the European Union. Can I ask you to complain a little bit? So what do you think should the European Union or European Parliament should do to become a more valuable, better partner for the United States? For example, in terms of – you know, policy towards Russia or providing more troops to Afghanistan or what?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think complaining is part of being in politics on either side of the Atlantic. Years ago when my husband was President, there was a lot of complaining in the White House about the Congress, and then when I was in the Congress, there was a lot of complaining about the White House, and it just kind of goes with the territory.
I think that what President Buzek said is right, that we have so much in common, but that doesn’t mean that we see everything the same way. And that requires greater interaction and consultation, and post-Lisbon, that consultation should include the European Parliament as well as the European Commission and the European Council. And that is the purpose of his trip here, to begin to enhance that level of consultation and cooperation.