Poland reawakening demons of the past

Zbigniew Ziobro

In their reaction to EU criticism Poland’s politicians have set their sights on Germany.

Among other things Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has insinuated that with his choice of words EU Media Commissioner Günther Oettinger brought to mind the Nazi era.

Relations between Poland and Germany are a source of concern, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter comments:

“The Polish government knows its history perfectly well, but it’s acting as if it were historically ignorant. Those who fan anti-German sentiment risk awakening the demons of history and destroying decades of trust building. … It’s completely normal that as Poland’s most important neighbour, Germany is reacting to a development that could also have consequences for European security cooperation. What’s astonishing is that many other EU countries have taken so long to react.”

euro|topics is a service provided by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Since May 2008, n-ost Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe has produced the press review.

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