Cross Border Pilfering: Slow Progress in Battle against Polish Car Thieves

Cross Border Pilfering: Slow Progress in Battle against Polish Car Thieves

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2012

The Polish ambassador to Germany suggested this week that German officials weren't doing enough to fight rampant cross-border vehicle theft. It is a claim that some experts in Germany agree with. But officials on the front line urge patience, saying they are making progress. By Kristen Allen more...

Cross-Border Crime: Polish Ambassador Thinks Thieves Have it Easy in Germany

Cross-Border Crime: Polish Ambassador Thinks Thieves Have it Easy in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 02, 2012

Many in Germany continue to believe that Poland is a nation of car thieves. But perhaps the problem lies with German law enforcement? That, at least, is what the Polish ambassador to Germany believes. He told a German paper that it is still too easy to steal cars in the country. more...

The Flood that Never Arrived: German Open Borders Too Late for Polish Workers

The Flood that Never Arrived: German Open Borders Too Late for Polish Workers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2011

Since May, Polish workers have had the freedom to seek employment in Germany without restrictions. But the expected onslaught of laborers never materialized. Many Polish view jobs in the neighboring country with disdain, with Germans suffering from a reputation for stingy wages and lousy working conditions. By Markus Deggerich more...

Polish Opposition Leader: Kaczynski Warns of Germany's 'Imperial' Ambitions

Polish Opposition Leader: Kaczynski Warns of Germany's 'Imperial' Ambitions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 05, 2011

Former Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski is resorting to outlandish claims in his bid for election. In a new book, he suggests that Germany wants to annex part of Poland and that the East German secret police helped Angela Merkel win power. more... Comment ]

Controversial Chapters: Can a Jointly Written History Erase Centuries of German-Polish Strife?

Controversial Chapters: Can a Jointly Written History Erase Centuries of German-Polish Strife?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2011

The history of German-Polish relations is full of suffering and mutual recriminations. Experts from both countries have been developing a history textbook meant to teach high-school students on both sides of the border a common narrative. But critics view the effort as destined to fail. By Jan Friedmann more...

Germany's WWII Occupation of Poland: 'When We Finish, Nobody Is Left Alive'

Germany's WWII Occupation of Poland: 'When We Finish, Nobody Is Left Alive'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2011

Germany's occupation of Poland is one of the darkest chapters of World War II. Some 6 million people, almost 18 percent of the Polish population, were killed during the Nazi reign of terror that saw mass executions, forced evictions and enslavement. By Michael Sontheimer more...

Economic Boom: Poland Is Europe's New High-Flyer

Economic Boom: Poland Is Europe's New High-Flyer

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2011

Poland, once a backward agricultural country, is quickly becoming an economic powerhouse in Central Europe. The Poles are strongly pro-European, and even their relationship with the Germans is no longer as tense as it was just a few years ago. Nowhere is the transformation easier to see than in Wroclaw. By Jan Puhl more...

Krzysztof Ruchniewicz on Polish-German Ties: Relations 'Shouldn't Be a One-Way Street'

Krzysztof Ruchniewicz on Polish-German Ties: Relations 'Shouldn't Be a One-Way Street'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2011

More than 65 years after the end of World War II, tensions can still flare up between Germany and Poland. In a SPIEGEL interview, Polish historian Krzysztof Ruchniewicz discusses the postwar "resettlement" of ethnic Germans, improving relations between Germans and Poles and changing attitudes toward the German past of many Polish towns and cities. By Uwe Klußmann more... Comment ]

Pre-Polish Election Tension: 'Kaczynski Is not Anti-German'

Pre-Polish Election Tension: 'Kaczynski Is not Anti-German'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2010

Pawel Kowal, 34, foreign policy advisor to Jaroslaw Kaczynski, discusses the Polish presidential candidate's positions toward Europe and Germany. He also criticizes an indirect call by a senior German politician on Poles not to cast ballots for Kaczynski when they return to polling booths for a run-off vote on July 4. more...

German-Polish Relations: 'Respect for Poland Hasn't Always Been Germany's Strong Suit'

German-Polish Relations: 'Respect for Poland Hasn't Always Been Germany's Strong Suit'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2010

In a SPIEGEL interview, Janusz Reiter, Poland's former ambassador to Germany, discusses the negative impact on Berlin-Warsaw relations caused by Erika Steinbach, the controversial president ofthe Federation of Expellees, which represents Germans forcefully expelled from Eastern Europe after World War II. more... Comment ]