The sanctions imposed on Russia by the Unites States, Canada, Norway and other Western countries, following the occupation of Crimea, did not in principle prevent the maintenance and expansion of economic relations between Russia and the individual EU member states.
The issue of wage levels and income inequality is becoming hot topic in discussions concerning the Polish economy. International comparisons indicate that average wages in Poland are higher than what would be expected on the basis of the GDP per capita levels.
Poland doesn't differ very much from Western Europe in terms of state ownership of enterprises and the degree of regulatory interference. The country is more ”statist” than the United States and Great Britain, but less than France or Germany.
The agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom on mutual access to the markets after Brexit may be conditional upon the establishment of a fund supporting EU countries similar to the one financed by Norway.