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In Osteuropa 1-2/2023

Beyond One’s Own Nose
Third Parties in German-Polish Relations

Kornelia Kończal

Deutsche Fassung


The ongoing crisis in German-Polish relations since 2015 is usually interpreted from a bilateral point of view. Analysis of German misjudgments, lapses, and omissions on the one hand and Polish accusations, encroachments, and rejections on the other is supposed to explain the problems in communication between Germany and Poland. This perspective falls short in providing a full explanation. The German-Polish present can be better understood in the light of German-French and Polish-Ukrainian relations. Looking beyond one’s own nose would enable a deeper diagnosis.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2023, pp. 97–122)