Jaroslaw Adamowski

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When the Berlin wall fell apart, back in November 1989, fears that Germany's forthcoming reunification would lead to the revival of violent nationalism and bitter revisionism were looming all over Europe. Were those anticipating the Third Reich spirit's renaissance right? Looking at the reunified Germany 20 years on, they surely were not.

Ever since the wall came down, Germany's political establishment has made efforts to ease the anxieties of its neighbours to the east, namely Poland and the Czech Republic. Critics of Germany's détente with both countries have been marginalised and deprived of any tangible influence on German politics.

Evidence of this tendency was visible this week, when foreign minister Guido Westerwelle intervened to stop a figure unpopular with Poles being appointment to a museum post.…  Seguir leyendo »

The two politicians have tended to be regarded as twin-like stubborn Eurosceptics, the last obstacles to the ratification of the Lisbon treaty. Still, on Saturday, Poland's Lech Kaczynski put his pen to paper and ratified the widely expected treaty, formally justifying it with "the will of the Irish people". At the same time, the Czech Republic's Vaclav Klaus, who refuses to fly the EU flag outside his presidential residence, remains petrified in his opposition to Lisbon, even if now he stands alone. Those developments clearly show that Kaczynski's and Klaus's political agenda, despite apparent similarities, is actually quite different, and impossible to grasp fully without taking into account their political background in Warsaw and Prague.…  Seguir leyendo »