September 25, 2013
THAT WAS THEN (via The Other Brother):
Poland and Germany should unite, says Lech Walesa (Matthew Day, 24 Sep 2013, The Telegraph)
Lech Walesa has called for Poland to unite with Germany to form one European state, despite the bloody history between the two countries.The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Polish president, whose Solidarity trade union played a key role in bringing an end to the Cold War, said the world had changed and needed new ways of organising itself."We need to expand economic and defence co-operation and other structures to create one state from Poland and Germany in Europe," he said.Speaking to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency, Mr Walesa, 69, said national boundaries were not as relevant as they once were.
It's a sweet sentiment, but Germany is already too large and there's nothing to defend against. Tighter trade co-operation will suffice.Posted by Orrin Judd at September 25, 2013 2:21 PM