And yet, thanks to crafty propaganda there's a notion that Poland occupies the 1st place.
Yes, but this sort of things are easily noticed and can be pointed out and countered. If I had to point to the biggest problem in Polish-German relations it would be on the level of ordinary people, not the governments, and here the problem lies with Poland's image in German popular culture, and how she is portrayed by media/enterteinment industry (and vice-versa, of course). I watched a film on Das Erste yesterday, and was a bit annoyed with one scene it it, and how the stereotypes are still kept alive by thoughtless mass culture makers. Of course, you cannot censor independent film makers, but sometimes they should think twice before shooting a scene.
I mean, so many years of student exchanges, trans-border cooperation, cross-cultural projects, friendly (yes, I know, Iron *rolls eyes*
) gestures from politicians and bishops on both sides, and yet it all gets ruined by public (Das Erste, I believe is a state-owned channel) television.
Politicians will only do what their voters allow them to do, and if their voters are still thinking with idiotic stereotypes... oh, well...