Komorowski visits Berlin

Improving Relations

Improving Relations

In September Polish President Bronisław Komorowski made a two-day official visit to Berlin. In a session devoted to marking the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the Polish President gave a special address to the Bundestag. The extraordinary meeting of the German parliament was attended by German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the Bundesrat Stephan Weil. Komorowski is the first Polish president to be a guest speaker at the German Bundestag; earlier two Polish foreign ministers spoke in the German parliament: Władysław Bartoszewski in 1995 and Bronisław Geremek in 2002. At the beginning of September, President Bronisław Komorowski and his German counterpart Gauck took part in a ceremony at Gdańsk’s Westerplatte. During the event, the two presidents stressed that the experiences of World War II are a lesson in the face of today’s conflicts, among others, in Eastern Europe. Komorowski gave a speech stressing that World War II was preceded by concessions to the aggressive policy of the Third Reich, revisions of borders, violations of international law, the use of military pressure as well as violations of   disarmament agreements. “You have to remember that the German-Polish conflict quickly turned into a European war, which then escalated into a world war,” said the President Komorowski. Gauck warned against territorial concessions and the escalation of international tension. “History teaches us that territorial concessions often feed the appetite of the aggressors. History also teaches us that the uncontrolled escalation of such situations can lead to a point where things get out of control,” he said. The Polish and German presidents also emphasised the importance of Polish-German reconciliation. In July, Joachim Gauck together with his Polish counterpart Bronisław Komorowski opened an exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising. The exhibition will be on display until the end of October. The project was prepared in cooperation with the Topography of Terror Documentation Center in Berlin and the Warsaw Uprising Museum in.Warsaw.

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