POLAND’S outgoing foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, is a polyglot foreign-policy wonk who helped lead his country to its heftiest international presence in centuries. Grzegorz Schetyna is a party insider who has evinced little interest in international relations, and who, according to his mother, learned his English from the foreign basketball players on a team he used to help run in his native Silesia. But it was Mr Schetyna who was picked to replaced Mr Sikorski as foreign minister on Friday, when Ewa Kopacz, Poland’s new prime minister, presented her cabinet (pictured). At a time when Russia is threatening neighbouring Ukraine, even Mr Schetyna’s mother, Danuta, says her son was reluctant to take the job.
“My son was of the view that in the current international situation, it would be better for Sikorski to steer the [foreign ministry],” Ms Schetyna told the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. “I don’t know myself what prompted Mrs Kopacz to name him to that position. I hope I’ll find out soon.”