Germany – Poland: Berlin and Warsaw – sweetness and light

17 June 2011
Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza, 17 June 2011

“Hand in hand with Germans,” headlines Gazeta Wyborcza on the 20th anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighbourship and Friendly Co-operation – one of the milestones in Polish-German post-war relations. A long-term Polish-German co-operation plan is to be signed next Tuesday 21 June by PM Donald Tusk and Chancellor Angela Merkel at the joint-session of both governments to celebrate the anniversary. “We want to build a Polish-German partnership for Europe”, says a Polish diplomat quoted by the daily. Besides close co-operation within the EU, the plan foresees construction of fast railway links, gas pipelines, introduction of Polish studies at several German universities and closer scientific co-operation. “It is a document of great significance. Last year we signed a similar programme with France. There are no other examples of closer co-operation in Europe,” a German diplomat assures the Warsaw daily.