Limbo No More: German Poles to Vote in Upcoming Election

Limbo No More: German Poles to Vote in Upcoming Election

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

A decision by Germany's high court means that Poles with German ancestry can now take part in September's general election via absentee ballot. For many members of the minority group, the change is of huge symbolic importance. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

TV Tiff: Polish Weekly Shows Merkel in Concentration Camp

TV Tiff: Polish Weekly Shows Merkel in Concentration Camp

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2013

The Polish media is angry over the portrayal of the country's World War II resistance fighters in a popular miniseries that aired recently in Germany. So angry, in fact, that a Polish weekly has put an image of Chancellor Merkel as a concentration camp prisoner on its cover and accused Germany of rewriting history. more... Comment ]


All in the Family: Chancellor Merkel's Heritage Pleases Poles

All in the Family: Chancellor Merkel's Heritage Pleases Poles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2013

It was revealed this week that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's grandfather came from Poland and that her original maiden name was Kazmierczak, not the Germanized Kasner. The news may seem trivial, but it could further improve relations between the neighboring countries. By Christina Hebel more... Comment ]

The Polish Gadfly: A Lawyer's Quest for Clarity on the Smolensk Plane Crash

The Polish Gadfly: A Lawyer's Quest for Clarity on the Smolensk Plane Crash

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2013

The 2010 plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 96 others in Russia remains a traumatizing memory for many Poles. It's also one that won't rest until allegations that bodies were mixed up by Russian authorities are cleared up. A Berlin-based lawyer sees the scandal as a Russian affront to Poland's honor. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Atoning for the Past: German National Team Blasted over Auschwitz Visit

Atoning for the Past: German National Team Blasted over Auschwitz Visit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2012

Germany's Jewish community has criticized the country's national football team for sending a small delegation to Auschwitz last week instead of visiting the site as a group. It also accused team manager Oliver Bierhoff of 'colossal insensitivity' in his choice of words ahead of the visit. more...

Missing Out: Some Poles Left Behind Despite Economic Success

Missing Out: Some Poles Left Behind Despite Economic Success

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2012

Poland, one of the hosts of this year's European Football Championship, has been booming thanks to a rigorous modernization program. But not everyone is benefiting from the economic success. With rents climbing and the elderly complaining about lower pensions, resentment is on the rise. By Stefan Kaiser more... Comment ]


The Miracle Next Door: Poland Emerges as a Central European Powerhouse

The Miracle Next Door: Poland Emerges as a Central European Powerhouse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 25, 2012

Germans used to think of Poland as a country full of car thieves and post-communist drabness. On the eve of hosting the European Football Championship, however, the country has become the most astonishing success story in Eastern Europe. Relations between Berlin and Warsaw have never been better. By Erich Follath and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Polish Foreign Minister: 'We Want To See the Euro Zone Flourish'

SPIEGEL Interview with Polish Foreign Minister: 'We Want To See the Euro Zone Flourish'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 16, 2012

In a SPIEGEL interview, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski praises his country's partnership with Germany, explains why Poland would like to eventually join the euro and urges Berlin to act more decisively in its handling of the common currency crisis. more... Comment ]


Polish Foreign Policy Expert on Boycott Calls: 'Ukraine Is Not A Dictatorship'

Polish Foreign Policy Expert on Boycott Calls: 'Ukraine Is Not A Dictatorship'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2012

Many politicians in Germany and Europe have pledged to stay away from Ukraine during the European Football Championship tournament in protest over the treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko. Polish international relations expert Janusz Reiter, 59, explains why that is the wrong strategy. more...

Unwelcome Interference: Polish Nuclear Dreams Threaten Ties with Germany

Unwelcome Interference: Polish Nuclear Dreams Threaten Ties with Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2012

Determined to develop its nuclear industry to meet its booming energy needs, Poland is tired of lectures from its environmentally conscious neighbor Germany. After all, Poles argue, the Germans have benefitted from nuclear power for decades. The differing energy philosophies threaten to strain ties between the two countries. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]