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Polityka - Poland | Wednesday, July 19, 2006

German-Polish relations hit a low

Since the German daily newspaper die tageszeitung described Polish President Lech Kaczynski as a potato, what is now being referred to as the "potato war" is raging between Warsaw and Berlin. According to Adam Krzeminski, relations between Poland and Germany haven't been this strained since the Second World War. He recalls that over the years there have been a number of conflict situations between the two countries that always had something of a tragedy and something of a farce. "This is the third German-Polish war since 1989. In 1995 we had the 'bread war' in Frankfurt on the Oder, when the German bakers protested against their Polish competitors in Slubice. And in 1998 there was the 'paper war', which involved an exchange of statements made by both parliaments about the role of exiles and the German minority. That makes three wars in the fifteen years since the conclusion of the 1991 Agreement between the newly independent Poland and the reunified German. Is that too many?"

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