Many Poles don't like being associated with Russians, the cultures are quite different you know. And, geographical center of Europe IS in Poland
Poland was only politicaly in Eastern Europe. Same thing with Eastern Germany. Now Germans are forgeting that they were in Eastern Europe? People in Dresden have more in common with folks in Moscow then with people in Berlin. Tell me its not truth?
And one more thing. United States of America invested more in Poland since 1989 than WESTERN EUROPEAN countries. Yes, thats right. For many many decades, Poland was used and abused by many European nations.
After acceptance to EU Poland didn't want to sign European Constitution because it would be bad for them. Germans and French didn't expected that move. They thought that if Poland join the Union then they will be like puppets.
Now they (Poland) are standing up and defending their rights and Germans with French are argueing that this is not right. We have a voice, and if Polish people don't like some things that are suggested by EU countries then Polish government will fight for that. We are no more "your bitches". We are a country in European Union so treat us with respect and value our existance.
Last year, Germany dumped last remaining Mig-29s to Polish Air Force. Where did Germany got them from? I believe that they were acquired when DDR (Eastern Germany) were part of Eastern Europe. So how come nobody on this board mentions that Germany is in Eastern Europe? Poland and Eastern Germany left communist block exactly the same year, 1989. So tell me why the hell nobody remembers that? You are telling us that Turkey is not in Europe because only smaller half of it is acctualy in. Thats why nobody remembers that half of the Germany was communist.
In 1920s and 30s Poland had one of the strongest economies in Europe. Polish Mark was the strongest currency in ENTIRE Europe, but the war ended it. Over 6.5 million Polish people were killed, entire country was leveled to ground. Economy was nonexistent.
USA took Germany under control. Poland was taken by Russia. Look at us now. Germany is one of the strongest countries in Europe and with great economy. Poland on the other hand has 18.7% unemployment rate.
So don't you ever associate Polish person to Russian (I have nothing agains Russians people). We have more in common with Hungarians then with Russians.
I could go on and on, but I don't want to get into arguments with other members of this forum.
To answer your question: Poland is NOT in Eastern Europe.