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Relations between Poland and Germany were supposed to improve after Poland's EU accession, but it has not worked out like that

By Manneken Pis   October 2004

Hysterical Poles

Poland’s entry into the EU was meant to draw a line under Polish-German enmity, much as the early moves towards European integration in the 1950s marked a fresh start for France and Germany. But it has not worked out. In early September, the Polish parliament passed a unanimous resolution demanding that Germany pay billions in reparations to Poland for the destruction of Warsaw in 1944. Why is this happening now? Partly because memories have been stirred by the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising; partly because now that their country is safely inside the EU, Polish politicians feel…

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