In a speech delivered in the German Bundestag on Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II, Polish President Bronisław Komorowski pointed to the responsibility Germany and Poland bear to maintain peace in Europe

His words were timely in view of the Ukraine crisis, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes:

Komorowski also travelled to Ukraine in the role of advocate for all of Europe. In view of the war that is raging just beyond our eastern border his words may have a bitter aftertaste. But he quite rightly appealed to the Germans, who sometimes have such a hard time showing solidarity with their EU partners.

… And who are always far too gullible regarding Russia – notwithstanding the annexation of Crimea and its intervention in eastern Ukraine. Then he also addressed the German-Polish responsibility towards Europe. This challenge for current and future governments is the lesson the Poles and Germans must learn from their tragic history.