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Polish opposition leader attacks Merkel

The Local · 5 Oct 2011, 07:38

Published: 05 Oct 2011 07:38 GMT+02:00

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Kaczynski, who heads the conservative Law and Justice party and was Poland's prime minister in 2006-2007, wrote that Merkel "represents the generation of German politicians who want to rebuild German imperial power."

"A strategic axis with Moscow is part of that and Poland can only be an obstacle to it. Our country must be made to submit in one way or another," Kaczynski states in "The Poland of our Dreams”.

"The critical thing is that Merkel wants Poland to submit, a soft submission, perhaps, but a submission nonetheless," the book says.

Kaczynski's party is polling close to Prime Minister Donald Tusk's centrist Civic Platform ahead of Poland's October 9 general election.

In the book, he also suggests Merkel may have been propelled into office in 2005 by political forces which he did not identify.

"I don't think that the awarding of the post of chancellor to Angela Merkel was pure chance. But I won't elaborate on my belief, I'll leave that to the political scientists and historians," he wrote.

In an interview, the Polish edition of Newsweek asked Kaczynski if he was implying that after the fall of East Germany's communist regime in 1989, its Stasi secret police somehow piloted Merkel to the helm of united Germany.

"Let's drop it," Kaczynski responded.

Merkel, now 57, was raised in East Germany and forged her political career in the centre-right Christian Democrats after German unification in 1990.

Asked to clarify his characterisation of Merkel, Kaczynski said, "she knows what I mean."

While prime minister, Kaczynski, now 62, was notorious for outbursts against Berlin and also locked horns with other European Union capitals.

He also repeatedly slammed Warsaw's communist-era master, Moscow.

Tusk, 54, has worked to mend fences since winning office in a 2007 snap election after Kaczynski's fractious government crumbled.

In his book, Kaczynski also expressed concern about German investments.

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"I can't claim to be overjoyed about German investment in western Poland," he said. "We could wake up one day and find ourselves in a smaller Poland."

At the behest of the victorious Allies, the Polish border was shifted westwards after World War Two into long-German territory, to make up for lands lost in the east to the Soviet Union.

Kaczynski often used anti-German rhetoric in the 2005 general election, playing on the antipathy of a swathe of the Polish population that is rooted in centuries of bad blood, Nazi Germany's World War II occupation and post-war communist rhetoric.


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08:20 October 5, 2011 by TurboDirectInjectionDiesel
Of course there is bad blood. It will remain until the end of the world. Keeping that in mind, Poles are moving forward and capitalizing on the existing conditions.

Unfortunately, Kaczynski's views are obsolete and don't tally up with the people's current expectations. He's just trying to play on their fears/ideological perception.

Instead of closer economic cooperation, he champions alienation and antagonization.
11:31 October 5, 2011 by ND1000
Why would Germans care about what this guy has to say, Poles certainly dont. In recent years Poles found out what a nutjob this guy turned out to be. They have brushed him aside now he's more bitter than ever.
12:13 October 5, 2011 by aletheia93
I hope it will not start over and over again: antagonism between Poland and Germany. Especially, now in the middle of crisis. Really, I do not have a problem with Germany and Germans. Germany is pluralistic country. There are some political parties, which I do not like ( the right of CDU, CSU, NPD). I do think that Erica Steinbach does not have a positive influence. Poles are afraid due to history of revisionary attitude and majority of them feel underrated in the EU( jokes, stereotypes, unequal treatment, exploitation by corporations etc) . I would opt for Gesine Schwan instead. Xenophobia and Nationalism needs to be tackled whenever it occurs. Also, I do think that Russia needs to change. It is a joke Russia is democratic and predictable country. But it has nothing to do with Russophobia. Can't Poland and Germany just go for a beer and relax?

As to Kaczynski. I think Merkel received a chancellor cabinet because CDU won elections. That was a major reason. Second, she is from the East Germany and it was reasonable to promote as a Chancellor of the United Germany a person from the East Germany. Poles are not angles too (they can be xenophobes, homophobes, hate etc) . I wish that Poland one day will be strong enough to stop to feel like a victim. I'm sick and tired of that.
15:31 October 5, 2011 by Wise Up!
As Western Europe moves more and more toward Socialism and the Welfare State, Eastern Europe becomes more conservative. Eastern Europe countries remember what it was like being ruled by communist dictatorships. That lesson seems to have been lost on Western Europe....
20:00 October 5, 2011 by armagh1000
We can't expect Poland to forget, ever. But this guy seems to be going over the top.
08:46 October 6, 2011 by Englishted
@Wise Up!

What are you on to come up with this idea.

Drank too much tea at the tea party meeting did you ?.
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