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Polish, German students re-smash the Wall on Germany's Unit

Pity more Germans do not acknowledge Solidarity's role in paving the way to German reunification....this sort of symbolic event may sound cheesy but at least tries to bring the two sides together.


Polish and German students smashed through a plaster board painted
brick wall symbolising the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall Wednesday and
rallied for stronger ties between Poland and Germans at an event in
Warsaw marking Germany's Unity Day.

'We gathered here today to tear down a wall which is really a symbol
of tearing down mental walls and barriers that we have between each
other,' Warsaw University student Jakub Wojdecki told Deutsche Presse-
Agentur, dpa.

Political relations between European Union partners and neighbours
Poland and Germany have been strained over a range of issues in
recent years ranging from German and Russian plans to build a natural
gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea floor to historical disputes
stemming from the Second World War and differences over the EU's
draft constitutional treaty.

'I think that at the social level between students, business people,
people working in either country relations are good - much better
than at the state level,' Wojdecki said.

German student living and studying European Affairs in Krakow Lida
Schoenberg agrees.

'I think on the government level relations could be much better,
that's why we're organising this event especially because now in
Poland there is an election campaign an maybe there are some anti-
German tendencies,' Schoenberg said.

The students also pointed out Poland's 1980's anti-communist
Solidarity movement played a decisive historical role in paving the
road to German reunification 17 years ago.

A public holiday, Germany's October 3 Unity Day marks the
reunification of the two Germanys 17 years ago.

The student event in Warsaw was organised by the pro-European unity
Robert Schuman Foundation.