Eighty years after World War II began, demand is growing in Poland for Germany to pay reparations to the tune of hundreds of billions of euros to compensate for the wartime devastation it caused. But Germany considers the issue to be long settled.
To this day, German-Polish ties are haunted by the events of World War II. The invasion of Poland cast a long shadow, as demonstrated by current demands for reparations and plans to erect a memorial to Polish victims.
Only 16 days after the Nazis invaded Poland, the Soviet Union followed suit and marched into Poland on September 17, 1939. The event burdens Polish-Russian relations to this very day, and reconciliation is not in sight.
The revolutions in Eastern Europe inspired many dreams, but were followed by the tedium of societal change. Today's disillusionment reflects the current attitude toward the EU, says Bulgarian intellectual Ivaylo Ditchev.
A number of world leaders, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and US Vice President Mike Pence, are in Poland to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.
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