Majority of Poles think German policy no threat

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14 September 2007, Warsaw (dpa) - A majority of Poles believe German policy does not pose a threat to Polish interests and nearly half think that anti-German accents in Poland's an ongoing election campaign can only harm the parties voicing them, according to a fresh poll published Friday.

14 September 2007

Warsaw (dpa) - A majority of Poles believe German policy does not pose a threat to Polish interests and nearly half think that anti-German accents in Poland's an ongoing election campaign can only harm the parties voicing them, according to a fresh poll published Friday.

A survey by the GfK Polonia pollsters for Poland's establishment Rzeczpospolita daily found 68 per cent of Poles do not perceive German policies as posing a threat to Polish interests. Only 27 per cent were of the opposite opinion.

Forty-eight per cent of respondents to the same poll believed that anti-German rhetoric could only harm the standing of any party which uses it. Twenty-seven per cent were of the opposite opinion.

Running for re-election in an October 21 snap general election, Law and Justice (PiS) Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has sharply criticized an organization (BdV), representing Germans expelled from Eastern Europe after WWII and demanded it disbanded. He has also lashed out against European Parliament President Hans Gert Poettering who attended a recent BdV congress in Berlin.

PiS officials have denied any anti-German thrust to their campaign.

DPA

Subject: German news

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