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Polish PM hopes for ‘good cooperation’ with Germany after elections

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Grzegorz Siwicki 26.09.2017 10:10
Poland’s prime minister has said she is hoping for "good cooperation" with the German government after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s election win.
PM Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Paweł Topolski PM Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Paweł Topolski

According to Beata Szydło, Polish-German relations must “primarily be based on partnership.”

She made the comment to a radio broadcaster when asked about the results of Germany’s Sunday elections, which paved the way for Merkel to secure a fourth term as chancellor.

The most important issues for Poland in relations with Germany include “a will to cooperate and stabilisation,” Szydło said on regional broadcaster Radio Kraków.

She also said that “issues related to changes in Europe, as previously announced by Merkel, including those concerning the tightening of the so-called hard core of Europe, need to be revisited after the elections.”

Poland is open to discussions and “we are committed to maintaining the unity of the European Union and seeing the EU develop,” Szydło declared.

War reparations on the agenda

Szydło added, however, that Poland would “consistently raise the issue” of war reparations from Germany.

“After the analyses which are being prepared, it will probably be necessary to launch a diplomatic process," she said.

"For the German government, it should be important that we can resolve this issue between ourselves in consensus, because this will serve to improve relations between Poland and Germany," Szydło said on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Szydło wrote a congratulatory note to Merkel saying that "the future coalition under your leadership will serve the citizens of Germany, European integration and the strengthening of good ties with Poland." (gs/pk)

Source: IAR, PAP

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