The Warsaw correspondent of the influential German newspaper told about some Polish concerns. «Die Welt» Jörg Winterbauer.
We are talking about Angela Merkel's trip to Poland. The visit is one of the most difficult politically: the fact is that many Poles strongly disagree with the policies that Berlin pursues with regard to refugees. Angela Merkel with her migratory ideas became very unpopular in Poland. And in Germany, the chancellor, as they say, “got”: this is indicated by the success of the “Alternative for Germany” and the Left Party (AfD und Linkspartei).
The collage that the correspondent saw in Warsaw depicts four people: Angela Merkel, Catherine II, Frederick II and Martin Schulz. They stand at the table, bending over the map of Poland. All four keep their hands on the map, as if each of them showed what part of Poland wants to grab. This photomontage was published in January by the right political magazine “wSieci”. The name of the collage: "From Catherine to Angela Merkel: a conspiracy against Poland." The promise of the picture is to prove to the readers that everyone conspired against Poland. It was so before, it is so now, and it will always remain.
Today, however, such pictures do not appear. The attitude towards Angela Merkel in Poland in the right-wing media has become more “moderate”. Liberal media did not have anything against it before.
One of the reasons for the change in attitude towards the German Chancellor was the success of AfD and Linkspartei in Mecklenburg - Vorpommern and Berlin. It is quite possible that one of these parties will receive representation in the government. No matter which party gets it: both parties awakened “great fears” in Poland. The reason: both movements are “Putin's friends”.
On the other hand, it is very strange that conservative and nationalist politicians operating under the leadership of Jaroslaw Kaczynski do not see AfD as “their natural allies.” After all, they have “so much in common”: both sides are against immigration, both see Islam as a serious threat to Europe, stand for the expanded powers of nation states and the reduction of Eurocentrism.
The portal wpolityce.pl sounded the alarm immediately after the elections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The portal wpolityce.pl was created in cooperation with the above-mentioned magazine “wSieci” - thus, that in January posted a photo montage against Merkel on the cover. And now these journalists are singing odes to the German chancellor: the economy is growing there, unemployment is low ... “And who wants the chancellor to hell?” It turns out that hell can create AfD: the Poles, who “sympathize” with this party, still do not understand Oder can happen political earthquake, which "touches all of us."
The main reason for this assessment of the named party is the policy of Russia. It is even about "cooperation in the manner of Bismarck with President Vladimir Putin." German voters, on whose will the “alternative” parties won convincing victories, are classified as “crazy”. And soon I have to say: "Good night, Poland!"
It's funny that the leader of the “Rights and Justice” Jaroslav Kaczynski clearly agrees with this assessment. “Angela Merkel is the best solution for us,” he said back in July.
Not only the rightists, but also the liberals in Poland look with alarm at political alternatives to the chancellor. After the elections in Berlin, the corresponding article appeared in the Gazeta Wyborcza, where they spoke about the danger of the red-red-green coalition in Germany at the federal level.
From the Polish point of view, such a coalition will be "extremely unfavorable." This coalition, the observer believes, will find much more “understanding and protection” in “Putinist Russia”. Some politicians there are already calling for a “rapid lifting of sanctions,” and Steinmeier criticizes NATO maneuvers in the Baltic countries as an unnecessary provocation.
In addition, the attitude of Poland to the German events was commented by the former Foreign Minister R. Sikorski. In an interview with Gazeta Wyborcza, he said: “We believe that the situation is similar to the thirties of the 20th century. On the other hand is the dictator. If we do not stop him, he will realize that he is allowed to attack. ”
This kind of statements can be made either by people who are not quite sane or political amateurs, explained Reedus Vladislav Belov, head of the Center for German Studies at the Institute of Europe, RAS.
“Indeed, the winners in the land elections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and in Berlin, the parties have in their ranks more fans of the Russian president than other parties in Germany. This is easily explained: both of these parties collect votes from the protest electorate, albeit from opposite ends of the political spectrum. And among this public, the number of those who are impressed by Putin is, of course, higher than among supporters of the centrist parties, ”the expert says.
However, to draw conclusions that the “Left” and “Alternative for Germany”, even if they take the majority in the upcoming federal elections, will then enter into an anti-Polish agreement with Moscow - assumptions from the field of political fiction.
The expert is sure that the Polish hysteria about the growing popularity of “German Putinists” has fundamentally different reasons: “There are very serious differences within the European Union between Berlin and Warsaw on a number of issues, including strategic ones. After all, not only the German-Polish border passes along the Oder, the border between the “old” and “new” Europe passes along it. The “new” Europe, including Poland, completely and blindly agrees with the United States on almost all issues. At the same time, the “old” Europe, where the Federal Republic of Germany belongs, is irritated by the US attempts to command in the European “monastery”. Poles fear that if the radicals were consolidated in the Bundestag, Warsaw would be between two fires that were equally hostile to Germany and Russia. ”
On the other hand, we add, the so-called hostility of Russia, which is sometimes shown on the covers of Polish magazines, is also a real fantasy. Yes, and the alleged alliance of the German "Putinists" with Moscow will hardly be possible in the form in which it is portrayed by shy Poles, and certainly will not be sent to the "separation" of any territories from Poland.
Putin is not looking at your map, pani Poles. Take it easy. You know, the map of Russia is so big that Putin will have enough business here too. More and Medvedev will remain.
Well, and Pan Radoslaw Sikorski we advise less to attach to the bottle and visit the taverns. Recall in one of these visits he very unflattering spoke of the native nation.
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