According to this Reuters article, Poland is demanding approximately $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany. If it wasn't Reuters, I would think this is just what many here call "Russian propaganda".

Other then in this question I am not asking about the reasons for demanding reparations, but about the time this demand has been made. I personally can't think of a less suitable moment for such demands. All NATO and EU countries including Germany are now united in their solidarity towards Eastern European countries like Poland, but at the same time, Poland making that demand is definitely not good for its relations with Germany. By solidarity I mean West European countries including German moving their troops and military equipment to Eastern European countries.

Why now? Why has Poland not made this demand a year or more ago? Or why not wait at least until the current conflict is over to make this demand?

While the government of Poland have mentioned that they want to demand reparations before, this seems to be the first time they demanding explicitly some amount of money. Is it just bad timing?

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    "All NATO and EU countries including Germany are now united in their solidarity to east European countries like Poland" → Wait, what? Where did you get this idea from? EU right now may be "united" (heavy quotes there) in their solidarity to Ukraine in particular, but have been pestering and even sanctioning Poland because of their policies for years (and still are!). Same goes for Hungary. If anything, it's East-European countries like Poland who are now showing more solidarity towards EU than before the war.
    – walen
    Sep 5, 2022 at 9:49
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    The premise of the question "now" is wrong; Poland has been talking about that again and again. See for example spiegel.de/politik/ausland/… (in German) from 2017. Of course they don't push too hard; you can't really reopen the reparations question without reopening the question about the former German territories east of the Oder, an noone wants that. Sep 5, 2022 at 20:05
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To quote from the very article you link to, according to critics/oppn the timing seems related to PiS' eroding popularity at a time of economic difficulties, as well apparently another way to criticize Berlin for not doing enough for Ukraine.

The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has repeated calls for compensation several times since it took power in 2015, but Poland hasn't officially demanded reparations. [...]

The combative stance towards Germany, often used by PiS to mobilize its constituency, has strained relations with Berlin. It intensified after Russia invaded Ukraine amid criticism of Berlin's dependence on Russian gas and its slowness in helping Kyiv.

Donald Tusk, leader of Poland's biggest opposition party Civic Platform, said on Thursday that Kaczynski's announcement was "not about reparations".

"It's about an internal political campaign to rebuild support for the ruling party," he said.

PiS is still leading in most opinion polls but its edge over Civic Platform has narrowed in recent months amid criticism of its handling of surging inflation and an economic slowdown.

According to another article in Politico this is still not an official request by the gov't of Poland.

Kaczyński’s demand is still not official government policy, and Warsaw hasn’t issued any formal request to Berlin.

Otherwise it goes over the same points, adding that Germany is extremely unlikely to pay as they rejected a similar call from Greece, apparently considering all debts settled by the 1990 treaty that reunified Germany.

One might guess that some EU-level disagreements about Poland's internal policies (rule-of-law etc.) might also have something to do with PiS' combative attitude against Germany on this, in general. On the latter issue, as of beginning of Aug, the EU was still not releasing "€35 billion in loans and grants from its pandemic recovery fund" to Poland, over those disputes. And as a matter of timing...

The [Polish] parliamentary report [...] was commissioned five years ago but [its] publication was repeatedly delayed. [...]

In a keynote speech in Prague earlier this week, the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, had signalled a more confrontational stance over Poland’s crackdown on judicial independence, saying EU funds should be tied to the maintenance of rule-of-law standards.

Of course, PiS' would probably not agree with characterizations like the above.


All NATO and EU countries including Germany are now united in their solidarity to east European countries like Poland,

It's not perceived in Poland this way. Western companies are reluctant to leave Russia, Germany waits forward to go back to gas deals with Russia. Plus blocking EU funds for Poland.

Of course the situation is more complex than this and the concerns about judicial system in Poland need to be addressed, but still below meme got quite popular in Poland.

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    There's a hint of an answer here, but I suspect that more context would have to be added than just saying that a vaguely related meme explains the signal for signal (threat for threat, maybe) exchange. Especially given that the the OP may be unaware of the current difference between a demand and a thinly veiled threat of a potential future demand. (This answer also refers to certain higher caliber guns in the game than those exposed by the OP, but not in the body of the answer, and glosses over the difference between Germany and the EU.) Sep 5, 2022 at 8:58

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