Cover Osteuropa 11/2005

In Osteuropa 11/2005

A Political Earthquake in Poland?
German Fears, Polish Contexts

Stefan Garsztecki

Deutsche Fassung


The results of the Polish parliamentary and presidential elections have met with a good deal of criticism in Germany. Many observers fear that liberal society, even Polish democracy, is in danger. Moreover, all signs point to stormy weather in German-Polish relations, to say nothing of the effects of the Law and Justice party’s state-centric program on the European Union. These fears are exaggerated. The brothers Kaczyński stand for conservative but not nationalist policies.

(Osteuropa 11/2005, pp. 21–30)