Berlin strictly refuses to treat the Poles living in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Ewa Popacz praised German-Polish cooperation in the Polish city of Krzyżowa in Lower Silesia on Thursday

The occasion was the celebrations marking the anniversary of the “Reconciliation Mass” which took place there 25 years ago. In reality there’s not so much substance to the German-Polish friendship, the national-Catholic daily Nasz Dziennik writes:

“True, in formal terms German-Polish relations don’t look bad at all. … But this commemoration ceremony should give us pause for deeper reflection. … One important problem is the status of the many Poles who live in Germany. These people’s rights are in no way comparable with those of the German minority in Poland (for example in terms of financial aid for culture). Berlin strictly refuses to treat the Poles living in Germany according to the principle of reciprocity.”

 

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