Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2023

In Osteuropa 1-2/2023

Structures and Perspectives
The German-Polish Community of Conflict

Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg

Deutsche Fassung


The German-Polish relationship is deeply burdened by at least two centuries of conflict between 1770 and 1970. As a result, a community of conflict has emerged. Correspondent patterns of communication burst forth again and again whenever occasion arises. Categorically, the German-Polish relationship can be described as a “post-colonial” one. Russia’s war against Ukraine is an opportunity: Polish-German cooperation could be structurally changed and improved by the involvement of Ukraine.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2023, pp. 177–183)