Kaczynski Watch Polish Prime Minister: 'Something Very Negative' Happening in Germany

In a radio interview, Poland's prime minister issues an ominous warning about Berlin, implying that contemprorary Germany is comparable to the time that saw Adolf Hitler rise to power.

One day after a Polish magazine published a cover illustration showing the German Chancellor Angela Merkel breast-feeding the Kaczynski twins , Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski is again busy shouting insults at Berlin.

The elfin-featured prime minister apparently feels "something very negative" is happening in Germany. In a Tuesday radio interview quoted by AFP, Kacyzinski added: "Like an era which has already passed, the large majority of Europeans didn't have the courage to talk about it, it is the same today."

"So I am issuing a warning, and I'm addressing the German authorities as the Polish prime minister, do not tolerate this kind of thing, these kind of statements, because it leads to the worst, to trouble which can happen in Europe, but which in affecting Europe will hit the Germans, too."

The prime minister, however, did not elaborate on exactly what is happening in Germany. In the run up to last week's European Union summit in Brussels the Polish emphasized that they were deeply unhappy  with the new vote-weighting system included in the new treaty that is to replace the failed EU constitution. The deal, which was approved by EU leaders only after major concessions were made to Poland on Saturday, will give greater voting weight to countries with larger populations like Germany and France.

At one point, Jaroslaw Kaczynski even argued that Poland's war dead should be calculated in any formulation to determine how many votes it would get. The tensions over the weekend and the hardline and troublesome rhetoric coming from Kaczynski and his twin brother, Polish President Lech Kaczynski, has prompted some in Berlin to call for calm.

On Monday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeir said Berlin would "turn to strengthening German-Polish relations" and that Germany "has the duty to patiently seek a dialogue with Poland, especially in difficult times," especially given the "terrible 20th century history" that links the countries.

Germany wants to ratchet up diplomacy with Warsaw by resuming regular summit meetings between Germany, France and Poland -- a proposal that came out of the EU meeting in Brussels aimed at drawing Poland deeper into the EU and also striking more conciliatory tones.

But some observers see different motivations coming from the Kaczynskis, including the editorial writers at the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper, who note: "All the prime minister cares about with his venomous and bile-filled attacks against Germany … is to help shore up his diminishing popularity in Poland."

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