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‘We are talking here about huge sums,’ ruling party boss warns.10 August 2017
Leading Polish government figures have indicated their support for reopening the extremely touchy subject of German war reparations.
With ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party members using language like “massacre” and “moral duty” in recent days, it looks as though Warsaw is ready for a confrontation with the EU’s largest member – and its biggest trading partner.
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The spark was lit last week when a PiS lawmaker asked for a parliamentary analysis of a potential claim on Germany for damages inflicted during World War II, Bloomberg reports.
The idea of reparations won backing from high-ranking party figures such as party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, and Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
The fact that the EU is considering sanctioning Warsaw for repeatedly ignoring its warnings to stop meddling with the judiciary may be connected with the timing of the reparations talk, Warsaw University political scientist Anna Materska-Sosnowska told Bloomberg.
“This is catering to domestic political demand and is meant to cover other issues and show that Poland’s isn’t scared of anyone, even Germany,” she said. “If this was about real negotiations, the political language would be different. The anti-German card has been in use quite often.”
The government must also deal with some in the opposition who oppose reopening the question of war damages, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski says.
"Today we have powerful … opposition against raising this issue at all in talks with Germany. … It will be very difficult to undertake talks with the Germans with this type of opposition in our own country,” Waszczykowski told state broadcaster TVP, Radio Poland reports today.
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