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Tacitus   
14 Jan 2021
News / New "Polish memorial" in Berlin [315]

The London Agreement

I was thinking about the treaty between Poland and the GDR but that one is important too.
Tacitus   
14 Jan 2021
News / New "Polish memorial" in Berlin [315]

There's no possibility of that ever happening

Indeed. The case has been long legally settled. First 1953 and then conclusively 1990/91.

PiS knows that which is why they only use this to get domestic support.
Tacitus   
13 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

What about tens of millions that had nothing out of it

Like I said, the Hellsinki Accords, the Four Power Agreement and the Basic treaty affected millions of people, the former had influenxe everybody who lived in the Eastern Bloc.

If you are blind to understand that detente achieved something, while confrontation did not, than that is on you.
Tacitus   
13 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

@Ironside

It made no difference at all for all there rest of the people

I am sure the thousands of people who got their freedom thanks those efforts appreciated it, however as I pointes out the Four Power Agreement, the Basic treaty and the Helsinki Accords affected the lifes of many more for better. Meanwhile the confrontational strategy of the previous decades yielded no results at all.
Tacitus   
13 Jan 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6454]

We shall see how the British vaccination program compares to other European countries down the line. So far it looks like they did a lot right on this issue, but whether or not this evens out their previous downright atrocious handling of the pandemic remains to be seen.
Tacitus   
12 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

Stasi that suggested that it was also consistent with them moving from physical abuse towards psychological abuse too around that time.

Oh most certainly, but they at least significantly toned down their attempts of kidnapping escaped East Germans from West Germany, and it also prevented them from too openly supporting the terrorist group RAF, fearing the bad publicity. The aim of the GDR for its' entire existence was to be recodnized as a second German state on the same footing as the FRG ( which hilariously the SU constantly undermined because they made it implicitely clear that they considered Bonn's agreement to the Oder-Neisse-border to be more important than East-Berlins). The Basic was seen as the first step, and in order to make further headway (and later for economic aid) the GDR made at least some concessions from time to time. Which again was not revolutionary, but infinitely more than what the politics of confrontation the previous decades had achieved.

Gorlitz/Zgorzelec

Indeed, the pandemie is in general very tough on those living in border areas.
Tacitus   
12 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

I've always thought that East Germany should be looked at as two different eras

There is some merit to that thought. The system of course did not fundamentally change, but the GDR was now more concerned about their image and toned down some of their worst behaviour or at least tried to hide it. The Helsinki Accord for example discredited the death penalty, and as a result the GDR almost completely stopped executions before it banned it outright in 1987.
Tacitus   
12 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

No you couldn't!

Of course we did.

It was agreed upon during the negotiations for the treaty of Warsaw that some ethnic Germans who still lived in Poland were allowed to leave for the West, while conditions for those remained in Poland improved. The same happened in negotiations with the SU. The GDR stopped executing people to make a better impression on West German society for their quest for recognition, and later negotiated on channels that were established for the Basic treaty of 1972 a release of dissidents (basically selling them for money). This detente paved the way for the Four Power Agreement on Berlin, that made the life easier for those living in the divided city, and the Helsinki accords that decreased tensions in Europe and forced the SU to accept certain human rights for the first time.

Those were all remarkeable achievements that happened within a few years, compared to nothing in the preceeding 20 years or so.
Tacitus   
11 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

How utterly noble

Nothing noble about it, just realism. The West boycotted the East until the 1970s without achieving anything. The detente later decreased the risk for war and brought some concessions from which the people in Eastern Europe benefited.
Tacitus   
11 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

Srsly?

The Soviet Union had Gulags and the West did buisness with them. Its' satellite states - including Poland - had also atrocious human rights records yet we did buisness with them.

And China's economic cloud is already far greater than the Eastern Bloc's ever was. The West and particulary Europe needs to be realistic about what it can achieve and where its' interests are. Europe is not capable to meaningfully defend democracy in Asia, we have already problems doing this in our close proximity. That doesn't mean we should roll over to them and allowing them influence in our affairs, like allegedly some European countries are doing, but again lets' be realistic.

We are already doing buisness with them and have been doing so for some time. This deal will ensure that we do so on better terms now.
Tacitus   
11 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

resources to produce more vaccine

That is what they are doing, but it will take time for other companies to copy the hugely complex production process. If ypu want to blame someone, blame the French for insisting that the BioNTech vaccine does not get more order than one in production by French company Sofani, or the Eastern European countries who preferred a cheaper and less dependent on cooling facilities.

does Europe even care

This is less about caring and more about being realistic. There is nothing we can realistically do about their situation, and China is there to stay as either one of two or perhaps even the single superpower of this century in the future. Our instruments were very limited during the Cold War to make any difference in Eastern Europe, and most improvements could only be achieved after the 1960s when there was a limtied detente between East and West, with some humanitarian concessions made by the East in return for economic ties. But then again, the economic balance of power was back then far more in the Wests' favour. Furthermore Europe's post-Covid recovery will also depend on ties with China, and this deal will greatly help with that.
Tacitus   
10 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

Well, the British got a pretty good deal.

Not really, it is basically the bare minimum to prevent a hard Brexit and even with it there'll soon be consequences once British companies run out of stock, with trucks now needing more time for delivery. For that they had to make significant concessions, like a border to Iriland. But as you say:

We'll see...

Most of the consequences of Brexit will be not immediate and drastic. More of a slow decline, with less foreign investments, economic growth and the continued decline of influence on European affairs.

What I am personally interested is how "Global Britain" will fare with their trade deals compared to the EU.
Tacitus   
10 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

Nobody ever said it was impossible to leave the EU, just that it was impossible to leave and still maintain the same privileges, which turned out to be true.

In the past they had more but it was 15 years ago.

Indeed, Europe owes a debt of gratitude to the Brits. Brexit now serves as a warning and thus made leaving the EU less appealing which is why e.g. Marie le Pen dropped Frexit from her platform.
Tacitus   
5 Jan 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6454]

So, how is the vaccination program going in Poland?

We are rather slow in Germany, with a lot of criticism against the government for only habing vaccinated 200k people so far.
Tacitus   
4 Jan 2021
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Because again, this pipeline undermines Poland's status as a transit country, costing Poland potential transit fees.

Hungary is happy for the same reason, because it now suddenly became a transit country.
Tacitus   
4 Jan 2021
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Crow, are you really that stupid? That pipe line is an attempt of Russia to diversify its' pipe line network and make it less relient on transit countries like Poland and the Ukraine. Thus you won't find anyone in Poland who'd be happy about this.
Tacitus   
4 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

they would be in Germany illegally

They are in Germany illegally, or specifically the crossed the border illegally. Every refugee who crossed the border on foot usually signs a waver acknowledging this before they apply for asylum. But the right for asylum trumps any possible border violation, just as no hospital can turn you away because you parked in front of a fire hydrant.
Tacitus   
4 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

impossible to defend on a logical and pragmatic level.

I just did that several times now. Merkel had the choice between two options, and she chose the one that would be less harmful to Germamy's interests in the long run.

have insisted that it was a very good decisio

It was a good decision given the circumstances and one can proudly look back to in the future.

failure that was literally _years_

Very true, everybody not in Southern Europe was willing to ignore the issue for years, until it came knocking in 2015. Merkel was briefed by the German secret service in 2015 that the refugees might upset the fragile peace in the Balkans. Not exactly something many would like to risk.

assimilation of children does work

That is more or less what is being done with the new arrivals now.

Because they are allowed.

Your ignorance is truly staggering. If you close the border for refugees you will need controls which of course will also heavily affect the traffic with goods. This scenario has been discussed a few times at the Brenner pass at the border between Austria and Italy, the costs would have been in the billions for each month.

themeditelegraph.com/en/transport/road-rail-air-transport/2016/04/12/news/closing-the-brenner-pass-costs-140-billion-1.38162554
Tacitus   
3 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

But that's exactly what Germans have been trying

Nobody in Germany in a leading position said this as justification as to why Germany did not close the borders in 2015. If anything this was said as to why Germany might be able to integrate the refugees into the work force - which as the link showed turned out to be true. Merkel always justified her decision as necessary for stabilizing Southern Europe and preserving freedom of movement and the EU.

doctors and engineers

Another quote never said by Merkel and others in the context that is often implied. It is a fact that most refugees, particulary from Syria, are above avarage qualified, with a particulary high amount of doctors among them (again relative to their country) but compared to European societies those are rather low. During the Covid crises, quite a few German hospitals were glad to have qualified people from Syria though.

ridiculous - considering the fact that most of the "refugees" were young men

Young men are refugees like any other people too, particulary in Civil Wars like Syria.

Sarrazin

Sarrazin helped pointing out some of the problems with Germany's integration system, particulary the difficulties for refugees from non-European countries to integrate. It his partly thanks to him that many reforms had been made, including language courses from day one and less restrictions on finding work. By the 2nd book however he went off the deep end, and started spouting a lot of racist antisemitic stuff.

Udo Ulfkotte

A right-wing conspiracy nut-job who used to be a reapected journalist, but who eventually only published in the German Kopp Verlag (the one for Hitler apologists and alien believers).

that you made a mistake

A mistake implies that there was a better option available. Merkel had to choose in 2015 between

A) Close the borders, disrupting trade and causing economic harm to Germany and risking the destabilization of Southern Europe and the Balkans, with the EU's future in question

or B) letting the refugees in, knowing that Germany was capable of dealing with the refugees (and as a Bonus, staying true to her Christian conscious as a parish daughter).

B was in every way the better option. Humanitarian issues aside, preserving the EU is Germany's vital interest.
Tacitus   
3 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

That's a pretty strong desire

Yes it is. Those have had a lot of desire, considering the difficulties of finding work despite not knowing the language or having sufficient qualifications, which also means that those who so far failed must not have necessary lacked desire to find work. But it is good to know that you have changed your views on refugees for the better.

that they have made a huge political mistake in 2015

It would have been a mistake if Germany's motivation for accepting refugees in 2015 had been economic in nature, which you apparantly believe, but that was never the case. Germany decided to not close the borders in an effort to prevent the refugee crisis from destabilizing Southern Europe and the Balkans, which would have happened if the refugees already stranded in Italy or the Balkans had been confined there. Merkel has since 2009 tirelessly worked to keep the EU afloat and 2015 was but one of the many measures taken by her. Yeah, taking the refugees was costly - but humanitarian reasons aside - watching Southern Europe collapse under the strain with a possible end to the freedom of movement or an end to the EU would have been much, much worse.
Tacitus   
3 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

Wunderbar

Indeed, that is a pretty good result given the challenges. But what interests me more, will you now stop claiming that most of them have no desire to work?

away that valuable source of the workforce from you

No worries, we will share them with you in time ;)
Tacitus   
2 Jan 2021
News / Poles say a big YES to our European Union [711]

and most of the so-called "refugees" lack both: skills and desire to work

Skill maybe, but most of them desire work and had been increasingly succesful in doing so until the Pandemie hit.

google.com/amp/s/amp.dw.com/en/germany-half-of-refugees-find-jobs-within-five-years/a-52251414

I guess Germany would demand building

No, just register their names and finger prints in an international data bank to make sure that they can not apply for asylum elsewhere and there won't be any issues with that.
Tacitus   
31 Dec 2020
Off-Topic / Additional capacity for Nordstream II - Germany plans to buy hydrogen from Russia and use NS II for transport [201]

Anyways, Tacitus, Happy New Year and see you in 2021.

Happy new year too, and to all the other posters here, may the next one be more pleasant than the last one.

show Moscow their place

Is that why Erdogan has been kowtowing before Putin in the last few years, buying Russian rockets and in general being subservient to Russia's interest in the region just to get a slice of Syria.

I would argue that Erdogan's foreign has been a string of failures in the last few years. He supported the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt, which was ousted by a regime that is now hostile towards Turkey. He hoped to discredit MbS from Saudi-Arabia but had to see that oil is more important mlrals for many, with MbS being now his mortal enemy. He supported the rebells against Assad, who is now again ruling over most of Syria. Worse, his support for radical islamists were a large embarassment for Erdogan. Even the Kurds are now stronger and better supplied than a few years ago. He got a small slice of Syria, which will drain Turkeys ressources with no tangible benefit. He also got Turkey involved into the mess in Libya with no apparant way out.

Not to mention how bleak things look for the Turkish economy. It was already bad before the Covid pandemie, and it has now gone to a point where he had to fire his finance minister/son-in-law/heir apparant. In short I am not impressed.