– We are united by the will to make the country better – said the future German Chancellor Olaf Scholz from the SPD during the presentation of the coalition agreement with the Greens and the liberal FDP. Co-chairman of the Greens, Robert Habeck, called the coalition agreement a document of courage and trust. On the other hand, Annalena Baerbock – co-president of the Greens – emphasized that the agreement opens the way to climate neutrality.
What about Poland?
– Poland is mentioned twice in the coalition agreement, but there are also indirect references to its eastern neighbor – says Dr. Agnieszka Łada-Konefał, deputy director of the German Institute of Polish Affairs in Darmstadt, in an interview with “Deutsche Welle”.
The expert points to the specifics. Poland was indicated for the first time in the chapter in which the coalition partners mention European partners. – France, Poland and the Weimar Triangle are mentioned there. It is about developing bilateral cooperation and friendship with Poland. This is a typical provision that can also be found in the existing coalition agreements, although it is worth noting that attention was paid to the development of cooperation between civil societies in both countries – says Łada-Konefał.
– The second point in which Poland is mentioned is the one concerning the creation of a place of remembrance and meetings with Poland. This is a very important point, because the future government refers to an earlier Bundestag resolution on this matter, which means that the continuation in politics is shown. It is important that the Polish-German history was mentioned in general, not limited to World War II only, describes the deputy director of the German Institute of Polish Affairs.
There was also the topic of the rule of law
The question of Poland was also asked “between the lines” in the contract. – We have a very long and detailed point regarding the rule of law, there is no name for Poland, but it is a clear reference to the current situation in Poland and the conflict with the European Commission. The new German government very clearly emphasizes that in the EU you should pay attention to values and the rule of law, that you should check whether these principles are implemented in the Member States – emphasizes the interlocutor of “Deutsche Welle”.