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Challenges for Poland’s Policy Towards Germany

Author(s): Waldemar Czachur, Kazimierz Wóycicki
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: PISM Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych

Summary/Abstract: “[I]n addition to political-historical integration, Poland expects from Germany strategic dialogue, modeled on German-French relations. We count on the realization of extant treaties and agreements. We are geared towards cooperation on issues important for both our countries and for the whole of the Union,” reads an address by Polish Foreign Minister Rados³aw Sikorski. Just that—and so much. The appositeness and seriousness of these statements are undeniable. The underlying assumptions have been the same for many years and will long remain vectors of Poland’s foreign policy. Yet there is no ready answer to the question about the subject matter of the “strategic dialogue,” because it unavoidably raises another question: What should we expect of the Germans in the strategic, long-term dimension? Given the exigencies of current politics and current problems, this question is seldom asked in Poland—and even more seldom discussed with the Germans.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 27-44
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish