Out of curiosity, what percentage of Germans think like you and would like to see more of a coming together between Germans and Poles?
I think most Germans think that way....we all have become quite fat and content! :)
We prefer good relationships to tensions and tantrums...you know...the quiet, peaceful life.
Prejudices, stereotypes, jokes will continue to exists...Germans have to suffer them, Turks, Poles and everybody else. No reason to get worked up about it regularly....
The one point I have to make with my people though is that most are quite blind concerning Poland. It barely exists on the german radar...and if then mostly because of either the anti-german tabloid press, Kaczynsky tantrums...or car theft, so much is true and that is so wrong.
Germans seem to look left at France and right at Russia...and that's it....
I believe if there would be more of a media presence of Poland in Germany you would climb up the sympathy ladder in Germany quite quickly. Those who are widely known in Germany like Klose and Podolski are already very popular! ;)
PS: Funny thing is that those Germans who once suffered most because of the Poles, who lost their home in what became Poland, the Expellees and their descendants, have often the most interest, knowledge and positive feelings to Poland than those who never met a Pole or have no inkling of Poland whatsoever..
PPS: The next footie EC 2012 can be the chance to change your image in Europe and in Germany...Poland and Ukraine will be in the media 24/7 for weeks! :)(The world championship 2006 surely helped Germany to change it's image)