German, Polish lawmakers to cooperate

6th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Parliamentary leaders from Germany and Poland agreed Tuesday to intensify cooperation in order to strengthen good- neighbourly relations between the two EU members. German Bundestag president Norbert Lammert said both sides would hold annual meetings along the lines of those between senior parliamentarians from Germany and France. The parliamentary committees responsible for foreign and European affairs would also take part in the annual gatherings Lammert said after talks with

6 March 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Parliamentary leaders from Germany and Poland agreed Tuesday to intensify cooperation in order to strengthen good- neighbourly relations between the two EU members.

German Bundestag president Norbert Lammert said both sides would hold annual meetings along the lines of those between senior parliamentarians from Germany and France.

The parliamentary committees responsible for foreign and European affairs would also take part in the annual gatherings Lammert said after talks with his Polish counterpart in Berlin.

Marek Jurek, speaker of the Polish parliament, said a conference would be held in October in the Polish city of Kreisau to discuss issues related to Polish-German history.

German-Polish relations have been clouded by different interpretations of their common history as well as a Berlin exhibition about the millions of people expelled from former German territories that became part of Poland after World War II.

One of the biggest backers of the exhibition is Erika Steinbach, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats in the German parliament and head of the Federation of Expellees.

In a newspaper interview Tuesday, Steinbach compared Poland's ruling political parties to right-wing extremists in Germany.

"The parties that govern Poland today can be compared with the German parties, Republicans, DVU and NPD," she told the Passauer Neuen Presse. "You can't expect much from them."

Jurek dismissed Steinbach's comments, saying it was not right to make such comparisons.

Merkel is due to visit Poland later this month, when she is expected to drum up support for her efforts to revive the proposed EU constitution in talks with President Lech Kaczynski.

DPA

Subject: German news

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