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Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=155647

Germany hopes that Poland could seize the chance to improve ties
with Germany and Europe under the new government, German Foreign
Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

The Polish voters have given their new leaders ""a clear mission to
change the political course,"" said Steinmeier in a letter to Donald
Tusk, whose pro-business Civic Platform (PO) party had won the
election over the weekends.

German government spokesman Thomas Steg said German Chancellor
Angela Merkel would call Tusk to congratulate his electoral victory.

Germany ""have an enormous interest in good, close, neighborly ties
with Poland,"" said Steg.

The Germany-Poland ties were strained under the outgoing Polish
Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his identical twin brother,
President Lech Kaczynski who will remain for another three years in
office before his presidential term ends.

Poland had threatened to veto the EU reform treaty which was
strongly backed by Germany to streamline the political system of the
27-nation bloc.

Eventually Poland managed to persuade EU partners to delay the
implementation of a new voting system which some EU nations fear
will give too much power to bigger states.

The Germany-Poland ties hit a low point when Polish prime minister
said Poland would have a bigger population, which would give Poland
a bigger say on European issues by the new voting system, should
German Nazis not have killed many of its citizens during the World
War II.

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

If Tusk's PR machine is well-oiled and firing on all cylinders, I would expect a ministerial visit to Berlin VERY soon with Tusk offering a big apologetic bunch of flowers for the last two years

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

People need to understand that we have no option but to work with the Germans as they are our neighbors (how tragic) but it doesn't mean we will be used up by the Germans. The Germans have always treated Poles as second class citizens, in reality Poles have a better track record than the Germans. Its time the Polish people stood up and be counted and reject the crap the Germans wish to impose on Poland!

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

Haven't you read sun tzu offbeat? Throwing sand in the eye of someone you don't necessarily get on with is not the way to go.

The world is a very different place from that in 1939 and communism has not necessarily created a bad psyche in Poland. Being hemmed in made people more creative and hungry, while the freer world around was getting complacent and introspective. As a result of reunification, Germany has its own internal fallout from this dynamic.

I hope the new government creates closer links with Germany. In a way the recent fracas has cleared the air somewhat and was not entirely useless. Now Germany will be relieved and grateful to have a more cooperative ally. Particularly as the cause of the fracas has been kicked out by voters. I should hope it creates a more favourable German attitude to Poles.

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

Well done Offbeat, a good catholic attitude to life.
Tolerant as always
As the good book says ...........
Sorry forgot, just pick the bits you want.

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

Dajwid....religion mixed with politics = indigestion

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

Well done Offbeat, a good catholic attitude to life.
Tolerant as always
As the good book says ...........
Sorry forgot, just pick the bits you want.

Dajwid when somebody uses the good catholic stunt to make a judgment I have no choice but to reply, firstly this is the line that jews use to knock the church and reading your recent comments you are the first to use harsh judgments on other people.
Almost every person on planet has suffered the effects of what occurred as a result of the second world war, if there was no war I may well have been living in Poland today, Poland may not have been scared by the effects of communism.
I have nothing against the German people they are hard working, produce excellent products but are not worse or better than the Polish people, remember the Americans helped Germany stand on its own two feet with massive help rebuilding the country to what it is today, Poland has not received that sort of help.
Germans has had the upper hand of Poland for far too long, its time the Poles stood up and worked to secure its own interests.
I don't blame Poles for being suspicious of the Germans, forgive Yes, forget No, to do otherwise will allow history to repeat itself!

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

Somebody just told me that the Polish/German border will be completely open from next month. It'll be great for people who live near it, and better for travellers generally if they no longer have to deal with officials (both Poles and Germans often seem to think they can get away with spectacular rudeness once they put a uniform on) and a lot of wasted time will be saved.

But is this a good thing generally - will crime levels rise on either side of the border?

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

Do you really think Germans will come across the border to Poland to steal?



Sorry.

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

East Germans can be pretty rough! A survey this week showed that 20% of West Germans want the wall back.

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

East Germany is still a hell whole despite all efforts from the West. They are dragging their western borthers down.

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

From what I have read on this forum, both sides of the Polish German border are more deprived than other areas of both countries.

Re: Germany calls for better relations with Poland after election

I don't agree

They are overwhelmingly rural - farms, forest, villages, small towns. That's all.

I don't see the German side as particularly deprived, and the Polish side is no more deprived than similar rural areas throughout Poland.