Cover Osteuropa 9-10/2022

In Osteuropa 9-10/2022

Political Paranoia
The Polish Right’s Anti-German Propaganda

Reinhold Vetter

Deutsche Fassung


Poland’s next parliamentary elections in the autumn of 2023 are already casting a shadow over the country’s political landscape. According to polls, it remains open whether the ruling right can stay in power. Jarosław Kaczyński and his PiS party consider Germany bashing to be a proven means of keeping their clientele in line and winning over voters. Sometimes, criticism of Germany has a legitimate core; sometimes, it is mere propaganda, out of touch with reality to the point of absurdity. Anti-German polemics have a tradition in Poland, but the current harshness represents a new quality.

(Osteuropa 9-10/2022, pp. 85–107)