CONSTANT CONFLICT AND ESTRANGEMENT? A LOOK AT GERMAN–POLISH RELATIONS
German–Polish relations are marked by constant conflict and mutual estrangement. The three main issues currently straining relations are Warsaw's demands for reparations, differences in reaction to Russia's war against Ukraine, and disagreements on European policy. With Polish parliamentary elections coming up in 2023, further escalations are to be expected on issues related to Germany. Nevertheless, Poland is an important partner for Germany in the European Union. After all, Poland is Germany's fifth-largest trading partner and represents an important ally in Ukraine aid, energy policy or security cooperation. The question therefore arises as to how Germany intends to stabilise the bilateral relationship with Poland and what impact the conflict will have on the EU.
On this topic, we are pleased to welcome Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, former German Ambassador to Poland (2020 to 2022), as our guest.
Together with you and Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, we want to discuss the following and other questions: What is the current state of German-Polish relations? What interests is Germany pursuing with regard to Poland? Who are the "brakemen" in Polish politics, who are actively seeking a good relationship with Germany? What is the alternative to relax or stabilise the situation? What could Germany's strategic communication towards Poland look like? What interests does Germany represent in the economic showdown with Poland? To what extent can the Polish government's accusation that Germany is not interested in Poland's economic growth be understood?
After the discussion, we invite you to join us for snacks and drinks.
We look forward to your participation. Please register online here.
If you have any questions, please contact Antonia Marx.