Warsaw’s ambassador in Berlin admits that President Kaczynski has gone over the top by demanding an apology from the German government.
Speaking in a Financial Times interview in Berlin, ambassador Andrzej Byrt (above) said Warsaw’s reaction to a controversial satirical article [see here and here] in a German newspaper in which the Polish president was compared to a potato had been “too emotional”…
The German government has cited the principles of press freedom and says it would be inappropriate for it to apologize.
Ambassador Byrt then repeats what many think about the PiS government: that they are naïve about, and disinterested in, foreign affairs.
“There is an over-sensitivity in Poland, because many new politicians hardly know foreign countries. They believe they control foreign reactions [to events in Poland] in the same way they do in Poland itself. To do this with foreign partners is perhaps not very sensible”.
Strong stuff. That such a high ranking Polish official should admit that calls for the German government to apologize are a little ‘emotional’ shows some disquiet over the antics of the Kaczynskis administration within the administration itself.
We also know that if you break from the official government line here then you won’t keep your job very long.
So what gave Ambassador Byrt the balls to say such a thing at such a delicate period in Polish - German relations?
Well, Byrt is scheduled to end his term as Poland’s Ambassador in Berlin at the end of this month.