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Tacitus   
14 Oct 2017
News / Polish-German Reconcilliation Seminar [491]

You don't need to be a lawyer to understand the basic principles of international law.

Historically there is no question about the fact Germany destroyed Poland more than any other country on Earth and didn't pay for it any money.

Even disregarding all the territoriy (and thus property) Germany lost to Poland, it is factually wrong to claim that Germany never paid any money. Germany paid bns e.g. via foundations.

Why against? Why?

Because it is obvious to any neutral observer that the Polish claims are unfounded and an attempt by the Polish government to get domestic support. Anyone who has access to any neutral media that actually covers the story in greater detail than e.g. the British yellow press could tell you as much.
Tacitus   
14 Oct 2017
News / Polish-German Reconcilliation Seminar [491]

Puppet governments controlled by USSR. When you sign a document under duress it is invalid.

You are right if we talk about treaties signed under Civil law. However as pointed out to you several times, international law does consider this as an argument. And it certainly does not consider this as an argument when succesive governments acknowledge the treaty. Otherwise all peace treaties would be invalid. Political pressure is not an argument for declaring a treaty invalid.

That's how court works were preparing our case as plaintiff, Germany as defendant.

That is not how international law works. Germany does not have to defend anything, Berlin will simply point to the existing treaties. It is up to Poland to prove that those treaties are somehow invalide, something that usually has a very slim chance of success I might add. Just to give you an example:

Germany and the Czech Republic currently disagree about the nature of the Munich agreement (and the aftereffect, when the president of the CSR had to agree to the dissolution of his country.). Both declared it as void, but for Berlin the Agreement was only nullified after it was broken by Hitler, whereas Prague considers it as void from the beginning. Yet Prague never went to court over it, even though we know that actual physical pressure was applied on the signatory party (the very ill Czech president had to wait for hours and was heavily pressured and close to a heart attack when he signed it), because - aside from the fact that it would be a needless provovation - as Czech lawyers have pointed out, it is far from clear that prague could win.

And mind you this treaty was never confirmed by succesive - including democratic - governments and we know that not only political pressure was involved. Treaties are almost never declared invalid without the approval of all signatories, especially after such a long time. Those are the facts.

@Dirk diggler: I'd suggest that you read a bit about international law before you continue this debate. You are right, none of us are (probably) lawyers, but there are certain fundamentals everybody can understand when read. And unfortunately, it seems that you either are oblivious of them or fail to acknowledge them. Otherwise you would know that your cited arguments ("puppet government" "against the will of the people") have no relevance here.

Remember, international law does not apply exlusively to democratic states, but is supposed to be applied to all countries in the world. Many of them are neither democratic nor completely independent (not that "independent" is really verifiable in this multilateral age).
Tacitus   
14 Oct 2017
News / Polish-German Reconcilliation Seminar [491]

Can PiS guarantee that Can PiS guarantee it wouldn't be back after a year or two to demand more?

They could not give any stronger guarantee than those which have been given by past governments, including the one given by Mazowiecki.Because there is no better guarantee according to international law than several treaties signed by successive governments that confirm each other. Mind you this was done by the insistance of the Mazowiecki government, who insisted that the treaties of 1990/91 confirmed previous treaties. Which is why the German-Polish border treaty is phrased almost identical to the treaty of Zgorzelec.

It will most likely end up billions and be more comparable to Greece's

Greece received 169m€.
Tacitus   
13 Oct 2017
News / Polish-German Reconcilliation Seminar [491]

They are invalid because they were made by a puppet government and was limited to asking reparations from EAST GERMANY.

This is not true. The treaty specifically refers to Germany, not East Germany.

I found a German copy of the Treaty. The important part is here:

"Mit Rücksicht darauf, das Deutschlandseine Verpflichtungen zur Zahlung von Reparationen bereits in bedeutendem Maße nachgekommen ist und daß die Verbesserung der wirtschaftlichen Lage Deutschlands im Interesse seiner friedlichen Entwicklung liegt, [...] ".

This is not surprising, considering that back then, the GDR was in the eyes of the Warsaw Pact the only legitimate German government, just as the FRG was the only legitimate German state from the Western point of view. And as pointed out to you several times, claiming that the Polish government back then was not "legitimate" or a puppet is not an argument that is accepted in international courts.

They've paid out numerous parties like Greece that suffered way less loss of life and property than Poland and Poles.

True, but Poland received significantly more than e.g. Greece, even disregarding the lost German territory that are now Poland (which morally speaking should be included).

So why should Israel and Jews continue to receive money when Poles suffered roughly the same amount of death and destruction? .

Because Israel signed different treaties with Germany than Poland.

What happened in that meeting I do not know, but I know it occurred.

Based on what has transpired between Polish and German diplomats during the last two years, it is rather easy to predict how the meeting went. No doubt the Polish side admitted that there is no legal basis for their argument and that the government is just raising the issue for domestic reasons. They now try to find some sort of solution that helps Warsaw save face, most likely some sort of foundation.

There are only two ways how this will end:

a) Some sort of foundation where Germany donates maybe 1bn€.
b) Warsaw decides to escalate things for domestic reasons, goes to court, loses and claims that Germany had bribed the court and paints Poland yet again as victim of German plots.

We had to rebuild everything brick by brick and turned it into one of the highest nominal GDP eu members and an economy more competitive than the traditionally wealthy countries.

That is something Poland can be proud of.
Tacitus   
13 Oct 2017
News / Polish-German Reconcilliation Seminar [491]

In the US the battle is now beginning and Germany already is starting with a very weak position.

What kind of weak position are you refering to? Because as I explained to you several times, in legal terms the case could not look better for Berlin. Warsaw has nothing to back up its' demands, except with the claims that the existing agreements are somehow invalid, which doesn't make sense according to international law.

They've made a dent towards WW2 reparations to Greece, Israel, Jews, and so on.

More than a dent, all of those cases are settled. Israel still receives money e.g. for taking care of elderly Holocaust survivors on the basis of existing treaties. Poland on the other hand has signed treaties several times that rule out the possibility of future reparations. You are falling for PiS propaganda if you really think that Germany could be forced to pay anymore reparations. Sure, perhaps Berlin will donate a few millions for some foundation, but nothing that could be viewed as reparations.
Tacitus   
25 Sep 2017
News / Berlin terrorist attack -- Poland's ethnic homogeneity a true blessing [436]

@Bieganski

You can't break rules when they are made up on the go by unaccountable leftist buffoons in Berlin and Brussels with an agenda they want to push without common consent from ALL EU members.

None of this sentence makes even remotely sense or is based on anything in reality.
Tacitus   
25 Sep 2017
Travel / My Experience in Poland (compared to Germany) [100]

@Alltimegreat1

t's interesting how the government and media are ganging up on the only political party in the country that advocates for referendums and denounce that party as "undemocratic."

I assume you are refering to the AfD? If so, you are twice mistaken. Firstly several parties are advocating for more public referendums (among them e.g. the Green party) and secondly this is not the reason why the AfD is denounced as undemocratic (which is an accusation that is hardly used, because there are several points of criticism tha are more valid).
Tacitus   
22 Sep 2017
News / Berlin terrorist attack -- Poland's ethnic homogeneity a true blessing [436]

@Dirk diggler

First off the budget for eu funds that Poland will receive is settled till 2021.

And negotiations for the new budget will start in a year, and as said before, there is now a strong lobby for redirecting those funds to countries who have been burdened to pick up the tap for the rest of the EU in the refugee crisis.

Hence they can only push Poland so far before Poland says screw you and bam the principal and any future returns are over.

Doing so would be economic suicide for Poland. Poland exports and imports more to Germany than to its' next three trading partner, and with Brexit, this number might even become bigger. As you said, those structural funds are no gift, they are granted out of solidarity to help poorer countries develop their economies which benefits all trading partners in the long. But if Poland continues to spit on such solidarity for too long, it will become more difficult to justify it.

atlas.media.mit.edu/en/profile/country/pol/

If even despite that migrants are let in you'll see direct actions like people blocking their buses, harassing them, perhaps even violence.

I trust that the majority of the Polish people would react in a rational manner once it has been pointed out to them that genuin refugees (from Syria) pose no threat to them. Sadly, so far PiS has not adressed the issue in a rational manner and instead used it to get some cheap brownie points with nationalists.

Personally if I were an Iraqi Tunisian etc Muslim Poland would be my last choice.

Genuine refugees will be happy to live in safety. Those who are not (like Tunisians) won't be part of the relocation program.

The eu wants to talk solidarity where were they when tens of thousands of Ukrainians were coming in daily to Poland? Why don't they relieve the pressure on poland?

Because unlike refugees from the Middle East who require language courses and education, those refugees are of great economic benefit to Poland:

bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-06/million-migrants-fleeing-putin-score-a-policy-jackpot-for-poland

Has Poland actively asked for help by relocating those refugees? Of course not, because it values their economic potential far too much.
Tacitus   
20 Sep 2017
News / Berlin terrorist attack -- Poland's ethnic homogeneity a true blessing [436]

As far as the 2 bil fine, better yet they can take the 2 bil out of the reparations from germany.

There won't be any reparations since the issue has been long settled. And the issue might cost Poland far more than that. Chances are very high that the structural funds for Poland will be cut in half in the next budget session.

All in all, while we may not have as large of a nominal gdp as France uk Germany etc, there's so many aspects make us more competitive than these countries.

Poland is still not contributing to the EU budget, but actually its' largest recepient so it has a weak hand in this matter. Certainly weaker than the UK did. And it might find itself in conflict with other countries that don't appreciate its low wage policies like France.

If Russia ever invaded Poland itd be devastated as it would turn into a battlefield. Nato troops would rush in so as to halt Russian advance into Germany and further.

True, but this is more of a Nato matter. The UK has a seat on the UN Security Council and Nuclear weapons. Except as a buffer against Russia, Poland has little to offer in terms of power projection et al.

pretty close to Germany's despite being half the population.

Perhaps, but if Merkel will deliver on her promise to almost double the military budget until 2024, this will change. Mind you, my original argument was not that Poland had nothing to offer, it certainly does, but its' importance for the EU is simply not as great as the UK was and even there the EU refused to accomodate. Breaking the rules of the EU on several cases will end badly for Poland, no doubt about it.
Tacitus   
20 Sep 2017
News / Berlin terrorist attack -- Poland's ethnic homogeneity a true blessing [436]

As far as I know, there is still a substantial majority of Polish people who support Poland's EU membership. So a large number of people want to stay in the EU, but also want Poland to defy Bruessels. This is not how the EU works, and with good reason. Imagine any time a decision is made by all membership and those who feel disadvantaged by it would simply refuse to acknowledge it and cite public support, we would never get anything done.

Honestly, if the Polish people decide that they'd rather leave the EU than adhere to its' rules, I'd be fine with this. But they shouldn't expect that Warsaw could stay a member, take the structural funds and refuse to show any solidarity when other states need it. The EU refused to compromise over its' principles with the UK, and unlike Poland, the UK was both a net payer and highly important for European security. Poland is neither.

This is the same in any larger democracy. I assume that like in most countries, the central government in Warsaw has areas where it can make decisions that affect its' regions. The regions can probably challenge it on a legal level, but once the courts decide that the decision was lawful, they have to accept it.
Tacitus   
19 Sep 2017
News / Berlin terrorist attack -- Poland's ethnic homogeneity a true blessing [436]

Look how these folks don't even pretend anymore that it's about "helping refugees", it's about "obeying the rules" now.

You and your ilk have made it abundantly clear that you have no interest in helping those people, so why should we use an argument for which to acknowledge you lack the basic decency?

The worst thing here, the whole "crisis" was manufactured in order to force more "rules" upon member states

Those "rules" exist since the treaties of Nice/Lisboa, when it was decided that decisions could be made by qualified majorities. This is merely one of the many cases in which they are applied. The rest of your post is also of course nonsense.

Polish citizens are at much more danger from drunken Polish drivers, as witnessed by the amount of deaths every year on the roads as a result of drink driving.

Polish citizens are at much more danger from drunken Polish drivers, as witnessed by the amount of deaths every year on the roads as a result of drink driving.

Or they die through coal pollution, yet people support the decision of the Polish government to increase the use of coal. That might be economically sensible, but it will also kill possibly thousands over the years.

theguardian.com/environment/2013/jun/12/european-coal-pollution-premature-deaths

That's exactly what trump said at the un today (your post regarding people developing their own countries so there's a not a flight of human capital)

Now, if only he decided to do something about this. But I guess spending 700bn€ on military is more important... .
Tacitus   
19 Sep 2017
News / Berlin terrorist attack -- Poland's ethnic homogeneity a true blessing [436]

First of all PO gov a day before election had no right to make such a serious commitment.

1. Democratically elected government are elected for the full time of their term, of course they had the right to make such decisions.

2. We have (soon) 27 democratically elected governments in the EU. If we were to postpone decisions whenever an election looms, the EU would get even less done.

3. Supranational organizations like the EU only work with consistency. You can't have a new government possibly challenge every decision made by their predecessor, especially if the decision would have been made anyway.

4. PiS has no ground to attack the legitimacy of the decision. The rules of the EU plainly state that decisions made by a qualified majority are binding for every member state. If Poland has no desire to follow simple rules like this, it should consider if it has any future in the EU.
Tacitus   
14 Sep 2017
News / Two Polish Men on trial for brutally murdering German Pop Star in homophobic attack [53]

erhaps Germans became so "enlightened" that average dude doesn't mind being asked for homosexual sex.. but vast majority of men around the world wouldn't be too happy about it

Thankfully we are living in Europe, not in other parts of the world where gay people have no reason to expect any form of violent reaction to a polite question for sex. I am sure gay people can in Poland ask anyone they want for sex without any fear of reprisal too, It is not a form of "enlightenment", it is a form of simple human decency.
Tacitus   
14 Sep 2017
News / Two Polish Men on trial for brutally murdering German Pop Star in homophobic attack [53]

Things got out of hand and he died

I found a German article that went into more detail what happened to him. One of the culprits apparantly sat on him to make sure that he couldn't move, breaking several ribs in the process. They smashed a wooden chair in his face, knocking most of his teeth out. They also tortured him witch cigarettes.

They inserted several items so deeply into his rectum, that they damaged his intestines like his liver. They apparantly found the dna of the suspects on several items that were used.

He was found in the room he shared with the suspects, and no one was seen leaving or entering it.

But when a queer hits on two men and the sexual advance isn't welcomed at all .

Are you implying that physical violence in any form would be justified in a situation like this? He asks two adult man for sex, there is no reason to believe that he intimidated them in any way (which is ridiculous anyway, since he was alone against two younger man who according to the description given by some newspapers, are extremely muscular) and in return they viciously torture him to death.
Tacitus   
14 Sep 2017
News / Two Polish Men on trial for brutally murdering German Pop Star in homophobic attack [53]

@Ironside

otherwise the investigation and trial wouldn't be going for so long.

You should inform yourself about the case before speculate.

This article here tells us that both culprit fled the country, which is the reason they are only now brought to court. The evidence seems to be overwhelming though, according to another article I read in German they found their DNA on the tool that was used to violate him.

thelocal.de/20170913/two-go-on-trial-for-brutal-homophobic-murder-of-1990s-pop-star-in-berlin-hostel

Secondly, if a law abiding citizen looks for a trill in some illicit, shady places amongst strange people he might get more than he bargained for

So every person who tries to pick up someone in a bar/hotel whatever should expect to be horrifically murdered? It is not like he went to some backyard, he was staying in the hotel for some time already because he left his partner.

Thirdly, if that was a homophobic attack why he was tortured to dead in a manner that indicate sexual motive?

Who knows what those sick people think. There are always sickos who deliberately injure their victims like this, they perhaps thought this was some kind of ironic punishment.
Tacitus   
14 Sep 2017
News / Two Polish Men on trial for brutally murdering German Pop Star in homophobic attack [53]

I know the internet can be a dark place, but it is still hard for me to accept that someone could leave a comment like this.

Sad but If you go to a cheap hostel looking for homosexual sex, some folks might get offended hearing the proposal...

An innocent, legally upstanding man got viciously tortured to death without any provocation and this is how some people comment this?
Tacitus   
27 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

If anyone today need an instruction and a moral guidance - that be Germans.

Sure, whatever. It wasn't Germany though that e.g. participated in the illegal Iraq war of 2003, or turned their back on the many refugees entering Europe as a later consequence this war.

Hardly surprising as the IIIReich war 'heroes' often enjoyed a long and lucrative careers as a very prominent people.

Which has nothing to do with current German television. Honestly if you wre to actually watch it you would never make such claims.

As for the Polish legal grovemnat in exile it was neither in position to make any demands nor in contact with Stalin, so that line of reasoning belong in the garbage.

Just read a few history books. There are lot that illustrate how Polish officials (both in London and under Stalin's control) wanted German territory and those demands increased over the course of the war. Stalin made the decision, but he knew that he had their support doing so. This is a historical fact and not up to debate.

- they based their territorial 'demands' on a premise that Poland's Eastern borders remain the same.
- that Germany as a state lost all moral and legal rights due to the way they acted during the war.

It is a matter of fact that the Western governments were sympathic towards Polish demands because they considered their wishes as justified. Poland could also argue that the annexation of those territories would make their border to Poland more defensible, which again made sense.

In 1991 there is nothing about war reparations that is legally binding, just some ambiguous slogans.

Which is why we have the treaties of 1953, 1970 and 1990 too.

border changes made in Yalta cannot be seen as war reparation to Poland cus it benefited SU not Poland.

For once, the German territories had far more economic value that the territories lost to the east. Secondly, Poland received a lot of territory from Germany, this is in itself an compensation for what has been done by the Germans. That the SU decided to annex East Poland is on them, and if anything Poland should ask Russia for compensation. Honestly, how anyone can still argue that Poland received no compensation from Germany despite a) a large part of Germany's territory b)reparations from the GDR, if however little c)reparations by the FRG and d) political support from 1990 onwards to help it become a stable democracy and join the EU is beyond me.

" by providing payment or other assistance to those who have been wronged."

Germany has done both then. It payed reparations as late as 1990 and has been of assistance to Poland ever since, particulary in allowing them to join the EU when many countries were against it (particulary France). Hopefully Berlin will also help Poland survive the PiS government without lasting damage to its' democratic institutions.
Tacitus   
27 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

Neither it was Germany that was "giving" nor Poland was asking for it. It was a decision of the "big 4".

This is not entirely true. Polish officials actively asked Stalin for German territory as compensation, although Stalin declined to give them everything they asked for (including Rügen and Bautzen). Of course the decision was made by Stalin, but the claim for compensation was one of the key arguments made by Polish officials (even those who lived in London) as to why those territories should be given to Poland. So yes, they very much count as reparation.

That's why you are destroying Europe for the 3rd time ? This time with muslim savages as the foot soldiers ?

Someone has been reading his Breitbart alright.

@Crow

rambling about Sarmatians and Jews

I have really no idea what you are talking about here Apparantly the Jews did something to Slavs (when, where and how?)?

@Ironside

Also I Don't belie that the issue of compensation has been settled in the past until a legally binding document will be produced.

So you are insisting on ignoring the treaties of 1953, 1970 and 1990/91 to which links have been provided on this very thread? Am I supposed to print out copies, drive to your home and present them to your face until you acknowledge them?

I also know that German TV and some newspaper talk about Polish Camps in regard to the German Konzentrationslagers and dead camps from the WWI.

Do you also know that visiting those death camps is de cato mandatory for every German pupil (although they often visit for practical reasons camps in Germany)? Every German knows Ausschwitz and "Arbeit macht frei", nobody here would believe that they were run by anyone but Germans. Just to clarify, during my time at school, I once talked with a Holocaust survivor (who visited schools) and I visited with my class KZ Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic. We also once visited a small KZ in France whose name escapes me at the moment.

Also I don't find it appriopate if Germans are trying to lecture Poles on anti-Semitism or democracy.

Considering that Germany is one of the best examples on how a deeply anti-democratic and anti-semitic society can develop into a mature democracy that has once again become for Jewish immigration (particulay Berlin), I think Germany has a lot it can teach to Poland, especially since Poland is currently struggling with antidemocratic tendencies and has so far struggled to acknowledge its' antisemitic problem both in past and present. German politicians should certainly be more outspoken in case PiS continues to erode the rule of law in Poland. Anything else would be harmful to the interest of the Polish people to whom Germany owes a great moral debt.
Tacitus   
25 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

@Ironside

That is blandly untruth. Didn't you say yourself how much the Soviet union extracted from Germany on the top of acquiring some German territories?

Poland received one quarter of Germany's pre-war territory as compensation. That alone is worth more than any other country received as reparation.

I can reasonably expect a reasonable and fair compensation to be paid.

Which has already happened as stated before, Poland received German territory and later money from the FRG.

I find it mildly repulsive. It seems to me there is a purposeful policy in Germany aimed at playing it down or/and whitewash it when it comes to Poland.

If you knew something about modern day Germany, you would never make such a conclusion. We are constantly reminded of German crimes and documentations e.g. about the uprising in Warsaw are shown in regular intervalls. Nobody denies are whitewashes anything, and as stated some time before, leading politicians are constantly reflecting about those crimes in public speeches.

Poland on the other hand has a dangerous tendency of overlooking its' antisemtic past, but this is another issue not related to the topic at hand.
Tacitus   
23 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

My final point - IF there is any legally binding document in which Poland wavers its right to compensation from Germany, Merkel would produce it post-haste.

She will, if Poland indeed seeks further reparations. So far the Polish government has yet to decide whether or not it starts an official request, until then Merkel won't do anything. And again, there are legal documents to support this view, namely the treaties of 1953, 1970, 1990 and 1991. Poland will have to argue that those treaties do not suffice, the burden of proof will be on Poland.

By the way - Poland suffered the his losses due to the German aggression in 1939, proportionally to its populace of course. Hasn't got any compensation for that.

Poland received one quarter of Germany's territory, including a lot of arts and treasure like the Berlinka treasure it has legally speaking no right to and received several bns in reparation, and received political support for its' ascencion to the EU. I agree that this is not sufficient to cover all costs, but Poland received more than other countries and you can't reasonably expect the great-grandchildren to pay additional money for the crimes of their great-grandfathers.

If anything, Poland has more reason to be angry with Russia, who annexed a lot of their territory and failed to provide them with meaningful reparations from East Germany as per the Potsdam agreement. It is estimated that the SU extracted reparations that were worth 110bn€ from East Germany, which almost exclusively went to Russia.
Tacitus   
22 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

I don't remember which European court ruled on the matter, but it was definitely settled at some point that the post-1990 Federal Republic was not the successor of the German Reich.

According to this German Wikipedia article, the last ruling in this regard was made by the German Supreme Court:

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rechtslage_Deutschlands_nach_1945#cite_note-29
According to this article, the argument is accepted, but historians point out that it is more a Legal fiction. Honestly i have yet to found a decent explanation for this, I guess this is a problem only lawyers can come up with.
Tacitus   
22 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

Not sure what you mean here. Germany is in fact an inheritor of the Third Reich.

A common misconception, often found even in German literature.

According to a ruling made by the German Supreme Court the FRG is actually identical with the Third Reich from a legal point of view, just not in its' territory. This makes little to no difference in practice mind you.
Tacitus   
22 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

Otherwise it would be pretty dumb on the part of PiS to bring that issue up.

It is as pointed out several times before from a legal point of view very dumb. It only makes sense for them because they want to motivate their voters and deflect from criticism by the EU.

As for alleged 1953 agreement it never happened.

As evidenced by the link provided by Bobko, Poland has waved the issue of reparation for Germany, not the GDR. Mind you, back then the only legitimate German government in the eyes of the Warsaw Pact was the GDR, so the distinction is only theoretical.
Tacitus   
22 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

It was the fault of post-commies, those ill prepared fools haven't been able to get it right. Still is was better than nothing.

Mind you, it would be wrong to lay all the blame on a single group of actors. If there was anything all the political actors in Poland could agree on back then, it was the demand of the final recognition of the Western Polish border (which was never in question in Germany, but Kohl insisted that such a binding legal agreement could only be made after German reunification, not before).

As there is no this alleged agreement from 1953 you claimed settled the issue. The only info about that mythical agreement from 1953 is a one article in a newspaper (a German newspaper).

I thought PiS called the agreement of 1953 invalid, thus admitting that such an agreement indeed happened. The treaty itself received little attention until PiS brought it up, because the Warsaw treaty in 1970 and the treaties of 1990 and 1991 are deemed more important overall and have settled the issue conclusively.

The some with those Kohl-Mazowiecki talks. It just smokescreen. Sure they were talking but nit about reparations.

The issue of reparations (and minority rights for Germans in Poland) was intensely discussed between Kohl and Mazowiecki. This is easily verifiable in any decent historical book about the German reunification. Both sides agreed that any large claims against Germany would be harmful for Polish interests because a) the issue had been largely settled with the treaties of 1953 and 1970 b) it would in return cause Germans expelled from Western Poland seek reparations c) Poland had no way to enforce those claims and no German government could agree to them and survive d) Poland recognized that it would need German support to win access to the EU and that there were huge opportunities for economic cooperation.

@Bobko Thanks for the link, my university library has full digital access to the book, so I might be reading in once I have more time in a few weeks.
Tacitus   
22 Aug 2017
News / Roman Polanski accused of unlawful sex with a minor [403]

Yes, it exposes (among other things) some of the worst aspects of the US legal system

I wonder, did they make any legal changes in response to this case afterwards?

I mean it is not despicable per se to offer plea bargains in such cases where there is no physical evidence (at least that is what I have read) for the rape and just the testimony of the victim. While this is often enough for the conviction, it can be incredibly traumatizing for the victim (especially when it is a child) to testify and get questioned by a team of highly paid lawyers, additionally to the media attention.
Tacitus   
22 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

Polish government moves to quell demands for German reparations

lmtonline.com/news/article/Polish-government-moves-to-quell-demands-for-11859187.php

To be honest, I am surprised that the treaties of 1990 and 1991 between Germany and Poland don't get more attention, probably because they are damning for the Polish case. To clarify, back the Polish government intented a final recognition of the Oder-Neisse-line by the German government, which the German government granted, with the addition that the issues of reparations also had to be permanently settled (this was discussed between Helmut Kohl and Tadeusz Mazowieck). Germany agreed that it would pay several bns in reparation via funds, and the Polish government readily accepted, knowing that there was no way Bonn could be expected to pay more than that, and also having received the pledge by Kohl that he would offer Poland cheap credits and do everything he could in helping Poland enter the EU as soon as possible. It was in total a very good deal for Poland back then under the circumstances (if Warsaw had not been so paranoid about the Oder-Neisse-line and focused more on other issues, they might even have received more, but that is on them).
Tacitus   
22 Aug 2017
News / Roman Polanski accused of unlawful sex with a minor [403]

The whole case is just a mess. I feel sorry for the victim, who was raped as a child and is constantly reminded of that by people who want an interview with her.

If it is true what I have read, that the plea bargain was initially made to spare the victim the media circus of a public trial (which is sensible and often done in other countries as well, although the USA might be more generous regarding the terms they offer the culprit), then the current situation is not without some sort of bitter irony.
Tacitus   
5 Aug 2017
History / For what the Germans owe Poland one trillion U.S. dollars? [299]

Trouble is it keeps poping up , it needs sorting once and for all, no one wants a poisoned reationship.

It only pops up because politicians like JK want to use it to distract their voters from the real issues at hand. Nothing Germany could do would prevent him and his ilk to use this in the future. Germany and Poland had a good relationship in the years before 2015, with Poland enjoying an increasing amount of influence in European matters. Unfortunately PiS has managed to curb this progress.

To be honest we don't want Germany (who has greatest influence in the EU leadership) poking its nose into Polish politics.

Germany has great interest in having a stable, democratic Poland as neighbour and trading partner. It will do all it can to assure this. What the EU currently does is not on behalf of Germany, but on behalf of the rest of the EU. If you are a member of the EU, having a functioning democracy with judicial independence is not merely a domestic issue but concerns the rest of the EU as well.

Germans are a nice bunch of people but sadly you must see that things in Germany are going down hill due to bad government policy.

Yes going downhill. One of the lowest unemployment rates in history, highest tax revenues et al.

I have noticed that after the refugee crisis a lot of foreign newspapers have painted a very bizarre picture of Germany, as if we were still in the middle of the refugee crisis. The situation is under control now and as things are standing, Germany will probably benefit long term from the new workers.