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Poland and Germany need to strengthen cooperation

The consultations in Warsaw are led by Scholz and Tusk Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa

The consultations in Warsaw are led by Scholz and Tusk Photo

© Michael Kappeler/dpa

The German-Polish authorities consultations mark a brand new starting between Berlin and Warsaw. An motion plan is to set out the subsequent steps. However, monetary particulars are lacking.

Germany and Poland need to put their cooperation on a brand new footing with an motion plan. However, the plan doesn’t comprise any concrete monetary agreements on World War reparations and navy assist, as will be seen from the paper distributed by the German authorities.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has traveled to Warsaw along with twelve federal and state ministers for the German-Polish authorities consultations. It is the primary time since November 2018 that this assembly has taken place. In latest years, the nationwide conservative PiS authorities, which led Poland from 2015 to 2023, had shattered relations with anti-German tones and reparations calls for amounting to 1.3 trillion. A brand new begin is now to start along with the center-left authorities of Donald Tusk.

No concrete commitments relating to funds

Tusk has additionally burdened prior to now that he expects materials and ethical reparations from Germany for the harm prompted throughout the Second World War. The doc now obtainable states: “The two governments are conducting an intensive dialogue on measures to support the surviving victims of the German attack and occupation in the years 1939 to 1945, remembrance and security.” No concrete guarantees relating to funds are made.

The motion plan mentions the development of the German-Polish House in Berlin as one other challenge within the service of reconciliation. The home is meant to commemorate the sophisticated German-Polish historical past and the brutal German occupation throughout the Second World War (1939-1945) and to create a spot of remembrance for the Polish victims. Both sides connect significance to the completion of this constructing as shortly as doable, because the paper states. In addition, each side decide to utilizing the German-Polish historical past textbook entitled “Europe – our history” as instructing materials.

A big a part of the 40-page motion plan offers with the subject of protection. EU and NATO member Poland is among the most dedicated political and navy supporters of Ukraine, which has been attacked by Russia. In addition, the nation, which borders not solely Ukraine but additionally Belarus and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, has taken on new significance as a frontline state. The paper now states: “We will strengthen the interoperability and standardization of our defense capabilities, increase production capacities and promote investment in our defense industry.”

Initiatives on tanks and ammunition

Specifically, there may be discuss of creating joint initiatives within the space of ​​tanks and ammunition. This additionally consists of rising the supply of spare elements for Leopard battle tanks, which each nations have equipped to Ukraine.

In addition, Poland and Germany need to coordinate their “efforts to create a stronger and more effective European pillar in NATO”, which can make a big contribution to the alliance's deterrent potential, it continues.