The lack of German reparations for Poland is a problem of the whole Europe

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Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk announced on Polish Radio that in the spring the Polish government planned an information campaign in Germany regarding reparations due to Poland. Meanwhile, the tough position of the German authorities, claiming that reparations are not due to Poland and the case is closed, is a problem not only for Poland, but also for the entire European Union, as it clearly shows the real intentions of the government in Berlin.

The lack of compensation for the harm done to the Poles proves that the Germans as a nation or state do not regret having committed so many crimes, they regret that they lost and did not conquer Europe as they planned. Let’s put aside the veil of empty rhetoric that we hear on every anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, and let’s look at the facts, and they are unrelenting.

Despite the defeat in World War II, the Germans did not abandon their dreams of dominating Europe. Divided into two parts, with the stigma of the culprits etched on their faces, however, they had a difficult task. Building power based on military force was obviously out of the question, so it was left to find a tool that would enable them to discreetly bring their own order on the European continent. Berlin saw the potential for this in the European Union. It was here that Germany began to build its sphere of influence, which culminated in the creation of the eurozone. The Germans managed to dominate EU politics to such an extent that most decisions in the EU were made in accordance with their interests. The reunification of Germany only added fuel to Berlin’s activities, strengthening the country’s position and allowing for its intensive development. This is also happening now – the Green Deal with the infamous “Fit for 55” is primarily calculated for the profit of German companies. Moreover, Germany aspires to transform the European Union into a federation under their supervision and in accordance with the guidelines coming from Berlin, in violation of the existing law. The German military aggression of World War II was thus replaced by capital and institutional aggression. This is why Germany does not want to pay reparations to Poland, because it acts from a position of strength, treating it as its future colony. The problem of the entire European Union is that Germans perceive other countries and the community as a whole in exactly the same way. Federalization under the aegis of Germany is to be the culmination of Berlin’s superpower dreams. And what these new German orders will be like is best evidenced by the lack of reparations for the crimes and destruction committed in Poland.

An information campaign in Germany on the bestial crimes and destruction committed by the Germans in Poland is certainly very much needed, but it is even more necessary to draw conclusions: without adequate compensation for German crimes during World War II, there will be no real partnership, regardless of the conciliatory words that can be heared from the lips of German politicians. Poland demands compensation for material and intangible losses in the amount of PLN 6 trillion 220 billion 609 million and compensation for damages. These are not too high expectations, considering the extent of the damage. However, it is only when they are placed in the broader context of the international situation that one can see the enormity of the consequences of Berlin’s current stance and its superpower aspirations not only for Poland, but also for the entire European Union.

Anna Wiejak

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