“Certain processes taking place in Europe aim to ensure that the vision of German universalism is once again realized through the reform of the European Union. This is also a very serious challenge that our state and our nation will face in the coming years” – the deputy minister of justice Sebastian Kaleta said during the Congress for Independence, which took place on October 1-4, in Lublin and Warsaw.
“Today, especially after February 24, 2022, apart from the fact that we see that there is a war in Ukraine, many masks have fallen after that date – in Poland and around the world. Those masks that effectively concealed their intentions also towards Poland” – Sebastian Kaleta said. He explained that “one of these masks was Germany’s belief that it was a moral power and could instruct our country about the rule of law, but behind this supervisory, ‘protective’ approach to Poland there was a hard political game of blocking Poland’s development opportunities”. “When the Germans publicly, through the authorities, but especially thanks to their soft forces, the so-called soft power, through the media, which belong to German capital, used the message in Poland and around the world that Poland is the sick man of Europe, that Poland is doing badly what is happening is that human rights are not respected, democracy is not respected, that in general Poland needs to be ‘taken care of’ again. It must be said openly that it was a game – a game so that Poland could not publicly engage in an international debate – is very important when it comes to the Polish diaspora – on a topic that has been pursued by Minister Mularczyk with great passion and determination for many years, i.e. reminding the world that Germany’s crimes have not been settled. At the same time, the German alliances themselves, in particular the discredited alliance with Russia, caused the world to suddenly turn its gaze towards Poland and people began to notice in many places around the world that it was not entirely as it was presented in various media, especially the media whose financial sources are in the Federal Republic of Germany” – he said.
“Now we should ask ourselves what we can do to make the Polish message, the Polish narrative, the Polish truth in this matter known in the world. And this is the question about the role of the Polish community” – the deputy head of the Ministry of Justice emphasized.
Sebastian Kaleta drew attention to the issue of reparations, Germany’s responsibility for the crimes of World War II, and the need to show that “Germany has not given up its plans to dominate Central and Eastern Europe, it has not given up understanding Europe in such a way that what is the German reason state is at the same time a European raison d’état”.
“I have the impression that just a few years ago there was no such uniform mission for the entire Polish community because we feel, especially when we see scenes of the ongoing war, that we cannot leave certain matters in terms of settlements unfinished, that justice must be restored, regardless of how many years have passed since the crime, because the injuries that the Germans have done still live on in subsequent generations of Poles. Therefore, knowing that the Germans at the formal level refuse to have this debate with the Polish authorities, it turns out that the position repeated by the Polish state about the validity of raising this issue also in the international arena has generated many interesting publications by foreign authors in the last dozen or so months, including politicians from other countries, who, seeing that Poland, despite the German position, is not letting go of this issue, have come to the conclusion that something is up after all”- he noted.
“It seems to me that the challenge, of course, under the condition that the minister outlined – I am talking about a vision in which after October 15 there will be a government that will want to address the issue of reparations, will want to openly continue this policy – then the role of the Polish community will increase significantly and the need to coordinate the activities of the government and the communities of Poles living all over the world” – he diagnosed the situation.
Sebastian Kaleta pointed out that the largest wave of Polish migration was caused by World War II, “due to the fact that Germany and Soviet Russia invaded Poland and that ties with Poland were brutally interrupted”. “Therefore, the issue of reparations, the issue of Germany’s responsibility, is not only a matter of Poles living in Poland, not only a matter of the government, not only the government’s responsibility, but it seems to me to be a mission that unites all of us – Poles from all over the world” – he said. He emphasized that everything must be done to make individual countries aware that all Poles know that German crimes must be brought to justice.
“This matter has yet another fundamental significance. Certain processes taking place in Europe are aimed at ensuring that this vision of German universalism is once again realized through the reform of the European Union. This is also a very serious challenge facing our country, our nation in the coming years. Germany aims to, through blackmail against the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, lead to a situation where a country such as Poland will be faced with such a choice on the international arena: whether we want Ukraine in the European Union or not, but provided that we give up part of our own sovereignty. Today, such moral blackmail against the countries of our region is being formulated officially by the German state. It says that there will be no enlargement of the European Union if there is no reform of the European Union, and the reform of the European Union is to consist in that the countries of our region will give up the veto, but at the same time – and this is very rarely talked about – the voting system will change to one in which Germany will retain the right to ensure that every decision – whether positive or negative – brings the result Germany is aiming for”- Kaleta said.
“Few people realize that the treaties actually allow Ukraine to join the EU, if, of course, there was such a political will, but a certain problem that is related to the EU decision-making mechanism that Poland and the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe has today would be solved, namely the EU decision-making system today is that the countries of our region, the Three Seas countries, which have similar historical experience, similar economic interests, because we are at a similar stage of development, these interests cannot be effectively implemented through the blocking minority in the EU, for example regarding this migration pact, which is such a serious problem for the European Union today, without obtaining the support of at least one large Western European country. If Ukraine and the Balkan states joined the European Union, it turns out that the Three Seas countries would be able to block any decision pushed by the Germans, French, Italian, Spanish, even if they are all together. This would mean balance in Europe” – he noted.