Germany now is 40 percent smaller as it was in 1912 but it's economic importance is bigger than ever.
What a paradox, isn`t it?
Yes, Germany did not volonteer to transfer her territories east of Oder-Neisse to Poland in 1945, but Germany has accepted it. And the former German inhabitants of those territories have it, too!
They were reasonable people so they knew that any attempt to regain their lost old land acquisitions would mean another war with Poland.
I don't want to sound cynical now, but looking at the experiences West Germans made in rebuilding their destroyed cities, it seems to be much easier to rebuild an almost completely destroyed city
I don`t want to sound cynical but Polish cities were destroyed more thoroughly by Nazi Germans than German cities by AngloSaxon/Soviet allies:
From here: skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=187906&page=18
Poland need to regain their eastern lands stolen from her by Stalin.
Get lost, agent of foreign influence. :):):):)
So does it sound right to you if I write Poland got a halfway compensation from Germany in the form of the Oder-Neisse territories
Yes, my German friend. :):):):) As for now, I don`t demand any reparations from Germany for WW2 losses.:):):):)
The final acts of official reconciliation took place in mid 1990s and early 2000s. Poland joined NATO and European Union, in both cases with substantial German support.
Today the official relations are so good that Polish Foreign Minister openly calls for Germany to be more active in Europe. It is probably caused by the fact that Obama`s US has been slowly losing interest in this part of Europe.To achieve that, Poland needs Germany to play a much more active role in Brussels in promoting both a strong defense policy and a more creative foreign policy approach towards the EU's eastern neighbors.
in both cases with substantial German support.
History shows that Poles and Germans weren`t natural born enemies, but were able to live and work together, eventually mixing into one nation.
I wrote about German settlers in Poland in this thread