Poland considers demanding WWII reparations from Germany

02.08.2017, Poland.

Arkadiusz  Mularczyk, a lawmaker with the ruling Law and Justice party, said that an analysis of whether Poland can legally make the claim into demanding reparations from Germany will be ready by August 11, Associated Press reported on August 2.

Earlier, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, one of Poland’s most powerful politicians, said in an interview that the “Polish government is preparing itself for a historic counteroffensive.”

“We are talking about huge figures, and also about the fact that Germany for many years avoided taking responsibility for World War II,” said Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of the conservative ruling party.

Earlier, Antoni Macierewicz, the Defense Minister of Poland, said on Tuesday that Germans need to “pay back the terrible debt they owe to the Polish people” and that today’s Poland does not recognize the decision of the “Soviet puppet state” not to make any further claims.

Editorial comment

Relations between Poland and the European Union are becoming increasingly strained, and claims to Germany are part of this process. Not so long ago, the European Commission, criticizing the Polish judicial reform, went as far as saying it can impose a fine of 300 thousand euros for every day it is in effect. In turn, Germany’s Minister of Justice welcomed sanctions against Poland. A few days after these events, Kaczynski gives an interview where he again raises the question of reparations. Whether the Poles are going to follow this intention through is not clear yet, but the connection of this threat with pressure due to the judicial reform is obvious.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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