„The subject of reparations is by no means open” – insists German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

On the occasion of a meeting with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda in La Valletta on Thursday 6 October, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier reiterated Berlin’s position regarding the topic of war reparations to Poland for WWII. 

During the press conference which followed the meeting, Steinmeier reminded that “the [German] federal government has unequivocally replied that the issue of reparations is by no means open at the moment.

 Germany recognises its historic responsibility, and we are grateful that Poland also reached out and joined the reconciliation process that has been successfully going on for many decades. And that is why I will appeal to continue the good neighbourly relations that we have established with Poland in recent decades, he emphasised. 

On Monday, 3 October, Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau signed a diplomatic note to Germany concerning reparations for damages committed by this state on Poland during WWII. 

The following day, Rau handed the document to Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Barboeck. The latter arrived in Warsaw, among others, to attend the Warsaw Security Forum conference. You can read more about it in our article “The topic of war reparations is closed” – says German Foreign Minister.

Although Annalena Barboeck recalled German brutality during WWII and praised Poland for its contribution to the reunification of Germany, she stated that “the stance of the Federal Republic of Germany on the issue of reparations is closed”.

A recent report on losses suffered by Poland during the war was prepared by the Parliamentary Team for Estimating the Amount of Compensation Due to Poland from Germany for Damages Caused During World War II, led by the Law and Justice MP Arkadiusz Mularczyk. A group of 30 scientists, including historians, economists, property appraisers, and reviewers, was responsible for the report. You can read more about it in our interview with Arkadiusz Mularczyk Polish MP: “Germany does everything to postpone the topic of war reparations for Poland”.

 

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Author: Sébastien Meuwissen

 

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