Still good neighbours?


The relationship between Germany and Poland

Rita Süssmuth and Janusz Reiter in conversation with Stephan-Andreas Casdorff

Besides many other things, Poland and Germany share a long stretch of border. For almost 40 years, it tended to divide the people living in the ‘socialist brother states’ of the GDR and Poland. These days, it is hardly noticeable. Nevertheless, the relationship between the two neighbouring countries has become somewhat strained again since the right-wing populist Law and Justice party has been in government. In Germany, the changes in Poland’s political landscape have been met with concern and incomprehension. On the other hand, Poland does not welcome interference of any kind, especially not from the Germans. On both sides of the Oder and Neisse rivers, the political tensions are increasing.

Rita Süssmuth and Janusz Reiter talk to Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, the host of this discussion and the editor-in-chief of Berlin’s daily newspaper Tagesspiegel. Rita Süssmuth studied Romance philology, history, pedagogy, sociology and psychology and worked in research before going into politics in 1985. She was President of the Bundestag from 1988 to 1998. Alongside her numerous other commitments, she also chairs the management board of the Deutsch-Polnische Wissenschaftsstiftung (DPWS), the German-Polish research foundation. Janusz Reiter studied German philology, philosophy and sociology and went on to become Poland’s ambassador to Germany and the USA. He is the founder and director of the Centre for International Relations in Warsaw. Reiter has received the Great Knight Commander’s Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his commitment to improving the relations between Germany and Poland.

This discussion was originally scheduled to take place on 22 October 2017; however, it had to be postponed until now for health reasons.

Still good neighbours?


  • Saturday, 14.04.2018
  • 17:00
  • Großer Saal

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