Poland demands $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany

Poland billed Germany for World War II. Warsaw wants to receive another 1 trillion 320 million dollars.

More than six trillion zlotys, or almost one and a half trillion dollars. This is how much Warsaw demands from Berlin for the damage inflicted on Poland by Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

“Germany attacked Poland and caused enormous damage. We still feel the negative consequences. And Germany has never paid for its crimes against Poland and its people. Considering that such compensation has been paid for decades, this is a manageable amount for the German economy,” declares the chairman of the party “Law and Justice” Yaroslav Kaczynski.

The official amount, which is 12 times the revenue of the entire Polish budget this year, was announced at a presentation at the Royal Castle. Report on reparations consists of three parts – there are photo facts of SS war crimes, and a register of settlements where they were committed, and an assessment of damage.

But Warsaw demands compensation not so much for the losses incurred, but for lost profits. Here is how the calculation method is explained by its authors.

Reparations were calculated by a whole parliamentary group for five years. All this time, Warsaw posed as a victim and fueled revanchist sentiments in society. It is noteworthy that the report on reparations was timed to coincide with the 83rd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Such is the historical memory.

“The Ost master plan provided for the colonization of Poland from the first days of the war. And today’s date is the most opportune moment to recover compensation from Germany. Responsibility for the attack on Poland lies with the entire German society,” said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

This is the same Mateusz Morawiecki who recently urged Norway to share the profits from oil and gas exports with Poland. Like, it is so fair in the face of rising energy prices. At the same time, Poland itself refused to supply oil to Germany when it needed to replace the dropped imports from Russia.

What kind of solidarity between neighbors and members of the European Union can we talk about when even Warsaw puts its own laws above the pan-European ones, experts say.

“This is a loss of a sense of reality. Again, let me remind you that Poland has grown in territories at the expense of Germany. That is, in this regard, demanding something else, Poland risks casting doubt on what has already been done, shaking those foundations, the foundation that developed after Second World War. The result will be a shattering of Brussels solidarity, a shattering of the European Union, where Germany is the center, undermining the foundations of its legitimacy. That is, Poland, by and large, has set a course for the destruction of the European Union,” Kirill Koktysh, a political scientist and associate professor at the Department of Political Theory at MGIMO, comments on the situation.

These are the same returned territories on the map of modern Poland, almost a third of the country. Historians also remind of what seems to have been forgotten in Warsaw. Reparations from Germany were already received there following the results of the Yalta and Potsdam conferences. Almost 230 billion dollars. Shared by the Soviet Union.

Poland’s current demands threaten to trigger this process in other countries as well. Algeria, for example, has long-standing claims to France, India to Great Britain, and Vietnam to the United States.

“The parade of reparations, of course, can begin. This is also a consequence of a change in the world order, a movement towards a multipolar world system. All this, of course, is still fragments of former empires, still movement, transit to another post-colonial world. There are no colonies, there is no system protectorates, but the grievances remained, the memory remained,” notes Andrey Starikov, editor-in-chief of Baltnews.

But the Polish opposition, represented by the former head of the EU Donald Tusk, is sure that Germany has nothing to do with it. Yaroslav Kaczynski spoke about compensation with renewed vigor before the elections to the Sejm. Although they are scheduled for next autumn, we are increasingly talking about early voting.

And against the backdrop of rising food prices and heating tariffs in Poland, the ruling party has no choice but to inflame the nationalist mood. That is why Kaczynski assures that the estimates are even modest, and threatens to increase the amount of reparations.

Source: Вести.Ru by www.vesti.ru.

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