Stoiber's statement elicited a sharp response from the Polish Prime Minister, just as the earlier demands addressed to the Czech Republic were smartly rejected by the entire Czech Parliament (a fact the European Parliament apparently chose to ignore). The Polish Foreign Minister, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz led the Polish reaction against Stoiber's demands, saying that EU leaders should look to the future, not to the past. He was later joined by the Polish Prime Minister, Leszek Miller. (The issue of land sales to Germans is already a very sensitive issue in Poland, even without Stoiber's demand for a wholesale repatriation or restitution of Germans.) more…

Addressing the ,,East Prussia Congress"(Deutschlandtag der Ostpreußen) in Leipzig on 23rd June, the Bavarian Minister President and Christian Democrat Chancellor-candidate, Edmund Stoiber, has called on Poland to rescind the decrees which expelled Germans from Danzig, Pomerania, Silesia and East Prussia in 1945. ,,57 years after your flight and expulsion,"he told the 80,000 people who attended the function, ,,you still carry your homeland with you in your hearts." ,,Germany is a great, many-faceted nation of culture. And East Prussia belongs indivisibly to it with its rich tradition and culture." more…

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As the Czech Republic goes to the polls on 14th and 15th June, the country faces the question of its EU membership with increasing unease. In May, the European Parliament adopted a resolution demanding that the Benes decrees be examined for their compatibility with EU law. At the same time, the Chairman of the EP, Pat Cox, has set up a three-man commission to examine the question. With these two events, the EU has made the issue of the expulsion of the Germans from Czechoslovakia in 1945 into a European issue, connecting it organically with the Czech admission to the EU. This is precisely the outcome the Czechs wanted to avoid, preferring to keep the issue bilateral between the Czech Republic and Germany, Austria and Hungary. more…

Germany is blocking an agreement on the agricultural subsidies which will be paid to new EU member states. It refuses to sign any accord before the general election in Germany on 21st September. Since the Spanish presidency is determined to have a positive outcome at the Seville summit in June, this means that the question might be kicked into touch until December, a date by which negotiations on accession were supposed to be finished. This means - as the Digest has never tired of pointing out - that none of the really big issues connected with enlargement, and especially not agriculture, have been properly addressed. more…

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BERLIN Politicians from government and opposition demanded the rapid unification of the military policy of the EU and the build-up of a heavily armed EU Army. This was ,,unconditionally"necessary if the EU was to play its proportionate role in future as a ,,world player", it was said. more…

The outgoing Czech prime minister, Milos Zeman, has said that the election of Edmund Stoiber as German Chancellor in this autumn's elections ,,would not be conducive to the further development of Czech-German relations". He said Stoiber was one of ,,those politicians who always look to the past because they have nothing to say about the future", a reference to Stoiber's strongly anti-Czech stance on the question of the Sudeten Germans and their expulsion from Czechoslovakia after the war. more…