Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2023

In Osteuropa 1-2/2023

A Political “MeToo Moment”
Polish-German Misunderstandings

Karolina Wigura, Jarosław Kuisz

Deutsche Fassung


Historical traumas and political disputes weigh heavily on relations between Poland and Germany. The war in Ukraine acted as a catalyst. It brought to light the frustration of Poles and East-Central Europeans with Germany’s role in Europe and its policy towards Russia. The historical experience of East-Central Europeans with Russia makes them sceptical of any compromise with the aggressor. The feeling of being morally superior to a disoriented West and Germany reinforces this alienation. Better Polish-German relations are only possible within the framework of a pan-European understanding.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2023, pp. 133–141)