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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]

The huge reparations might have contributed to the level of understanding.

Strange that the same did not happen with Poland after all the German support it received. Then again, I shouldn't judge Poland solely on PiS' conduct.

we are sensitive

More like you are told to be sensitive by PiS about this. This is more about Poland needing to grow up and less about Germany needing to be considerate. There is no good reason to oppose any ambassador who was born after 1945 because of his past. People are not their parents.

I think you'd be wrong here

Maybe, but I havent read anything to the contrary.
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]

So, you would send him as an ambassador to Israel?

Of course, Israel never made a fuss about such things, and it has in general been very understanding in the last 2 decades towards Germany. Merkel was even allowed as the first head of government to hold a speech in German in the Knesset.

they have no balls to oppose Germany

They have been as vocal as Poland in the past. But like Russia they had no reason to oppose a man who has a spotless record. Because again, declining an ambassador because of who his parents were might have been a convenient excuse in medieval Europe, but not in suposedly modern country. It is silly and again an example for how PiS shames its' country.

There's very little reason for PiS

And yet they do it constantly. The same happened with those unfounded reparation issues. It goes back to when they first were in power in 2005.

only because they have sexual relationship?

You give the same benefits to childless couples, even those who qre too old to have children. Personally I'd prefer it if marriage offers no tax benefits, but having children does, that would be the fairest solution and one I'd like to see in Germany as well.

A debatable issue from the point of view of scientific research

There is nothing debateable about this from a scientific point of view. Homosexual couples should be subjected to the same kind of inquiry as hetero couples before the can adopt a child, which should be a sufficient safeguard. Aside from that, there is nothing to suggest why children would be worse off with a e.g. a gay couple than a hetero couple. After all, there is no fundamental objection to children growing up with e.g. only one parent in case of divorce. So having one mother and no father is supposedly fine, but having two mothers and no father is supposedly wrong?
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]

However, they saw it perfectly fit to send such man to Poland

Not just to Poland. Also to the Czech Republic
and Russia, who also suffered from the Nazis, and none of which complained. And why would they, the man in question is a very accomplished diplomate. The question "What did you do during the war" might be a reasonable one. But "What did your parents do before you were born?" is not.

obvious inappropriateness

The only inappropiate thing here was Poland's reaction. An utter disgrace to judge someone by the deeds of his father (who was not even a prominemt Nazi) and not his own. Again, the ambassador was born more than a decade after the war ended and as a spotless record. It would be one thing if he were known to be hostile towards Poland, but that is not the case.

good will and maturity

Let us be honest here. You didn't write this with a straight face. It is one thing to be loyal to your government, but you can admit when they are being unreasonable and silly.

Lets be real. What Poland did was completely unprecedented. You accuse Germany of being "clumsy" when Poland suddenly objected to something that was never a problem before in any country for that matter and thus could not have been predicted by Germany. Like many previous incidents, that was just a ploy from PiS to whip up an anti-German frenzy for domestic reasons.

Homo couples, so far, have been unable to do the same.

There are already ways for them to have children and even if they do not have children, they should have the same rights as childless couples have (e.g. paying less taxes and of course adoption). That is all they ask for.
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]

as a new German ambassador to Poland

Just another embarassing incident dor Poland. The man in question is a highly qualified ambassador with a deep knowledge on Eastern Europe and who also served previously in countries like Russia and the Czech Republic who never objected to him. But of course PiS takes issue against someone who was born more than a decade after WWII and who has shown a great commitment to democracy and freedom throughout his career just because on account of his father was. Then again, perhaps the fact that the son of a Nazi could be a true democrat while they themselves are trying to undermine democracy might be too uncomfortable for PiS.

direct investments than the rest of old Europe.

It worked for Ireland so far because large companies could use it as a tax heaven and as a gateway for the common market. Ireland is however under growing pressure to change its' exploitive system and there are now also efforts to tax large companies like Dtarbucks and Amazon where they actually make their profit, thereby making Ireland's model no longer viable in the first place.

has directly lead to Brexit,

No it didnt. Decades of lies by the British press over Europe, demagogues like Farage and Oppprtunists like Johnson lead to Brexit.

it is very tempting

Not just tempting, it is the truth. The refugee crisis might have had some effect on countries that were ironically uneffected by it because demagogues like Orban und PiS exploited, but that is more of a damning verdict over those countries. But aside from that, nothing has changed. There was no populist surge in other countries, and Corona has shown how oberblown most concerns were compared to a true crisis.

"acceptance" and promotion, as far as sexual minorities

You can't "promote" sexual preferences, sexual developmemt is something no one has influence. All you can do is telling people that it is perfectly acceptable to be e.g. gay, and that gay couples enjoy the same rights as hetero couples do.
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]

the lack of patting on the back from Germany is irrelevant

I was less thinking about money and more about the ability to shape the EU and European policies according to Poland's liking. Brexit and now the reaction to Covid will likely see a deeper integration effort, ahd who knows how the EU's relationship to Russia and China will develop. Poland has not done much in the last years to convince other countried to continue the confrontation with Russia, especially countries like Italy who used to have good economic ties with Russia. Poland will find it increasingly to difficult to find its' voice heard on issues it might find important. Which is a shame, because it is completely unnecessary and the consequence of PiS shortsighted and self-serving policies.

We can be different and still love each other, nicht war

Of course and you can be sure will continue to support the democratic development of Poland and its' growing acceptance of religious and sexual minorities. On that you can count on the support of the entirety of Europe (sans Hungary).
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]

current level of cooperation within the V4 group or Intermarium,

Even the current level of cooperation is not all that great if you look closely at it. V4 is just a plattform for mutual cooperation, not a deep politicalor security alliance and there are no attempts to deepen it. The same is even more true for Intermarium. And recent history shows us that the other member states are not willing to mindlessly follow Poland's wishes. They did not attempt to block Tusks' reelection and they now did not follow Poland' and Hungary's shameful blackmail attempt with the EU budget. Bu yeah, those countries will totally follow Poland in the future.

As for the future. Poland's foreign policy under PiS has been an utter disaster, Poland is now completely isolated and the consequences will likely soon become noticeable. The USA will continue to shift towards Asia, but now under a president who does not take kindly towards aspiring autocrats. The UK will do likewise, in their "Global Britain" strategy, and even when it returns to its' senses it will no longer be able to be a powerful voice in European affairs. Germany's next chancellor will most likely not be as indulgent as Merkel was and less willing to take crap from Warsaw. Merkel has always tried to placate Poland, a commendable approach but one that is increasingly hopeless in the face of a hostile Polish government. Of course PiS will just tell their voters that this is just another betrayal by their partners, and that Poland is once again forced to stand alone, but I think many Poles will be smart enough to see through those lies.
Tacitus   
30 Dec 2020
Off-Topic / Additional capacity for Nordstream II - Germany plans to buy hydrogen from Russia and use NS II for transport [201]

some shady accusations

What kind of accusations? Mind you Springers' BILD is known for making often outrageous accusations against the government as their buisness model, so this doesn't seem out of the ordinary. It also in no way distracts from the fact that is the Polish government who likes to use pointless insults against Berlin, not vice versa. Or are we going to held governments responsible for statements of any random citizen?

don't realize the significance

2015 is easily the most overhyped event in recent memory, especially compared to the impact of the Covid crisis. What has changed because of this? The populist tide quickly abeded, and there were no serious consequences even for the countries who took in a lot of refugees like Germany.

It had arguably the most impact for Poland since it helped PiS secure victory, with the complete loss of any positive Polish influence on Bruessels since then.

I dont remember anything about restrictions on foreign media in Germany though, if you tell us what this is roughly about, I could investigate. Since there is RT Germany, I can't imagine them to be particular strict, but maybe I am wrong?
Tacitus   
30 Dec 2020
Off-Topic / Additional capacity for Nordstream II - Germany plans to buy hydrogen from Russia and use NS II for transport [201]

Germany has since 2014

- orchestrated sanctions as retaliation for Russia's agression, which might have served the interests of Eastern Europe, but cost the German industry bns.

- brokered a peace treaty that likely saved the new democratic government in Kiev in the long run

- sent soldiers to Lithuania as reassurance.

Meanwhile the Polish government has since then

- refused to accept even a symbolic number of refugees

- peddled in Germanophobic slogans for domestic reasons

- almost disrupted the European response to the Covid pandemic because they like to continue undermining Poland's democracy.

But yeah, it is Germany who is behaving selfish here.

except for notable remarks

Aside from the fact that those remarks have nothing to do German-Polish relations and everything with Poland's violation of European norms, the crux is that those remarks are from some unknown backbencher, while you find distasteful and inflammatory remarks about Germany on the highest level in Poland.
Tacitus   
30 Dec 2020
Off-Topic / Additional capacity for Nordstream II - Germany plans to buy hydrogen from Russia and use NS II for transport [201]

Germany is still trying to protect their economic interest

This is not just for Germany's sake, most of Western Europe would benefit from the deal economically. And proper safeguards have been taken that Ukraine would still get transit fees for the next years. Germany has shown so much solidarity with Eastern Europe during the last few years without anything in return, it is time to be a bit more selfish. Or more specifically, look out for its' economic interests like Poland and the USA does.

This is all about economics in the end. If the USA really wanted to sink NSII, they would just offer their gas at the same price as the one from Russia. But they don't because they want to sell their overpriced gas.
Tacitus   
30 Dec 2020
News / European News and Poland Thread 2 [693]

government in Crna Gora seek closer ties with Serbia,

You mean the same government who announced the following 3 guidelines for their foreign policy: 1. Getting closer to EU membership 2. Continue recognizing Kosovo as independent 3. Avoid closer ties with Russia and Serbia if it endangers 1. and 2. ?
Tacitus   
24 Dec 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6454]

Makes you wonder where all those "thousands" of murderers are now.
Tacitus   
17 Dec 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6454]

I ever said about Germans and 'no sense of humor' you are killing it here!

What is supposedly funny about this? Not sure how it is in the USA and Pfizer, but in Germany there will be queues and the vaccine will be given to old people and doctors and nurses first. The CEO of Pfizer doesn't seem to fit either criteria. Imagine the outcry if he abused his influence to get the vaccine sooner than he would habe otherwise.
Tacitus   
10 Dec 2020
Off-Topic / Serbia etc. thread 2 [925]

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Tacitus   
9 Dec 2020
History / Should David Irving, Holocaust denier, be allowed to run tours to Poland? [246]

The idea that 4m people were murdered in Auschwitz had been put into question by Western historians in the early 1960s and debunked by the 1970s. It was the communist government who insisted on the number because they wanted to keep Auschwitz as the symbol of the Holocaust. The scale of the Holocaust was however never affected by this, since the number of victims of at leaat more than 5m is well supported by evidence. They were just not all murdered in KZs, but also decentrally by SS, Wehrmacht, Einsatzgruppen and so on.

On how the Nazis identified Jews:

aboutholocaust.org/en/facts/how-did-the-germans-know-who-was-jewish
Tacitus   
9 Dec 2020
History / Should David Irving, Holocaust denier, be allowed to run tours to Poland? [246]

Where is their reparations ?

You mean aside from Königsberg and the billions taken from the GDR as reparation?

number is what is in question

But nowhere the extent you seem to believe

How would they know that a guy is Jewish?

They usually checked birth certificates but if there was no documentation, particulary in Eastern Europe, they were likely to just kill anyone remotely suspected.
Tacitus   
9 Dec 2020
History / Should David Irving, Holocaust denier, be allowed to run tours to Poland? [246]

who is a Jew?

Whoever was deemed as Jewish by the Nazis.

Like with global warming.

This is actually a good example on how that does not work. Oil companies tried their best to bury the evidence, financing studies that tried to seed doubts but now global warming is accepted as a fact by the scientific community.

Holocaust denial is an exercise in futility. Because there is simply no denying the many written sources that describe it. Which is why no Holocaust denier has ever attempted this, since they know there is no good explanation as to how this could have been faked. We are talking about millions of documents, spread in various archives across all of Europe.

Letters from German soldiers to their families in which they allude to having seen mass killings in the woods. Private diaries in which they go into more details. Official division diaries in which the commander notes how they rounded up families which were suspected of being Jewish and executed them in the woods. Official letters to local authorities, telling them that the "evacuated" Jews to the Eastern Territories had perished. And so on.
Tacitus   
9 Dec 2020
History / Should David Irving, Holocaust denier, be allowed to run tours to Poland? [246]

It was much closer to half that but still..

Their is no respectable historian who would put the number below 5m victims, there is too many written evidence backing it up. Whether or not 5.5m or 6.5m were killed is up to debate, but the scale of the Holocaust does not really change either way.

Such numbers are usually from one source

Nonsense. There are few historical topics that have attracted so much attention from scholars like the Holocaust.
Tacitus   
8 Dec 2020
News / European News and Poland Thread 2 [693]

Corona will go away.

Yeah, but it will leave behind ten thousands of dead people and possibly millions of people who are unemployed. The aftermath will still be felt in the years to come, whereas the refugee crisis was just a tempest in a tea cup.
Tacitus   
8 Dec 2020
News / European News and Poland Thread 2 [693]

The truth is that nobody in Germany really cares about the refugee crisis, since it has become clear that its' consequences are very small in the grand scheme of things.

What people do worry about is how Germany will come through the Corona Crisis, and it is likely that Merkel's historical evaluation will heavily depend on that. So far, she is looking rather good compared to most other Western politicians.
Tacitus   
8 Dec 2020
News / European News and Poland Thread 2 [693]

Having a moral compass is not atonement, it is basic human decency something you apparantly lack. We are merely trying to uphold what Europe stands for. The question is, why would you want to preserve Europe when it is evidently everything you despise.

Btw I wonder who is more "spineless". Someone who helps others or someonr who thinks that Europe's values are so weak that a few strangers will destroy it.
Tacitus   
8 Dec 2020
News / European News and Poland Thread 2 [693]

Kinda amusing how certain ideologies linger on even after utter and humiliating defeats. Nazism, Greater Serbia and so on.
Tacitus   
8 Dec 2020
News / European News and Poland Thread 2 [693]

NATO snaking toward her has nothing to do with it, right

Of course not. It is purely because Russia still wants to act like a 19th century country instead of a modern country.

it's kind of schizophrenic

True. I guess you have to be schizophrenic in order to be a Nazi in Russia in the first place.
Tacitus   
8 Dec 2020
News / European News and Poland Thread 2 [693]

Maybe the US, but the SU is certainly not a role model, let alone a moral authority. Her successor Russia is also the one that currently destabilizes Europe.
Tacitus   
8 Dec 2020
News / European News and Poland Thread 2 [693]

That is pretty difficult to do. The Romans burned Carthage to the ground and (allegedly) salted the Earth, yet the city was rebuilt.

The Americans nuked Nagasaki and Hiroshima yet those cities still exist.

Besides, it is rather interesting that you consider Nazis barbarians, given your previous comments.
Tacitus   
7 Dec 2020
News / European News and Poland Thread 2 [693]

any idea why Adenauer didn't push for Koln as the capital?

Well, Cologne was among the candidates and Adenauer initially supported the bid. In the end it mostly came down to politics. The SPD wanted Frankfurt, while Adenauer's party was split on Frankfurt or Cologne and some for Bonn. However Adenauer warned that if Frankfurt was chosen, it would be seen as a political victory for the SPD, thus the CDU settled on Bonn as a compromise.

It also helped that Bonn had suffered much less destruction than Frankfurt and Cologne, and that there were representative buildings that were not occuppied by the Allies.

It's required huge amounts of cash

Berlin's city government is honestly a joke and incredibly incompetent, but that was not really forseeable in the 1990s.

federal capital in Bonn

I like Bonn, and as someone from NRW I'd love to have the federal government in my federal country. However I must objectively say that there is just no comparison with Berlin. Bonn with its' homely charm was a decent choice for post-war Germany, but it is simply not a fitting representative for a reunited Germany. It is also great gesture to have the place that embodied Germany's division more than any other as the capital of a reunited country.