1st Edition

Poland and Germany in the European Union The Multidimensional Dynamics of Bilateral Relations

Edited By Elżbieta Opiłowska, Monika Sus Copyright 2021
    334 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    334 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the political and social dynamics of the bilateral relations between Germany and Poland at the national and subnational levels, taking into account the supranational dynamics, across such different policy areas as trade, foreign and security policy, energy, fiscal issues, health and social policy, migration and local governance.

    By studying the impact of the three explanatory categories – the historical legacy, interdependence and asymmetry – on the bilateral relationship, the book explores the patterns of cooperation and identifies the driving forces and hindering factors of the bilateral relationship. Covering the Polish–German relationship since 2004, it demonstrates, in a systematic way, that it does not qualify as embedded bilateralism. The relationship remains historically burdened and asymmetric, and thus it is not resilient to crises.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European and EU Politics, German politics, East/Central European Politics, borderlands studies, and more broadly, for international relations, history and sociology.

    Introduction: Poland and Germany in the European Union. Multi-dimensional dynamics of bilateral relations

    Anna-Lena Kirch, Elżbieta Opiłowska and Monika Sus

    Part 1. Conceptual ideas

    1. Bilateralism within the European Union: Examining the explanatory power of horizontal Europeanisation and interdependence

    Joanna Dyduch

    2. Back in Fashion? The resurgence of bilateral diplomacy in Europe

    Alexander Mattelaer

    3. Asymmetric Bilateralism and the Struggle over Status in the EU Field of Power

    Agnieszka K. Cianciara

    4. The Category of National Neighbourship as a Complement to the Concept of Embedded Bilateralism: The Polish–German case

    Marcin Dębicki and Julita Makaro

    Part 2: Bilateral relations at the supranational, intergovernmental and subnational level: Case studies

    5. Polish–German Cooperation in Security and Defence: Falling short of potential or doomed to be fragile?

    Anna-Lena Kirch and Monika Sus

    6. Poland’s Reserved approach to the Euro: Does Germany matter?

    Sebastian Płóciennik

    7. (A)symmetry in Economic Relations? German–Polish integration in the EU single market

    Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast

    8. Migration: An axis of dispute or a potential point of enhanced cooperation?

    Maciej Duszczyk

    9. Untapped Horizons and Prevailing Domestic Beliefs: Bilateral climate and energy relations from a Polish perspective

    Andrzej Ceglarz

    10. Explaining the Mutual Perceptions of Poles and Germans in the Light of the Polish–German Barometer

    Agnieszka Łada

    11. Determinants of the Cross-border Cooperation in the Polish–German Borderland

    Elżbieta Opiłowska

    12. Bilateral Relations at the Subnational Level: Transborder cooperation networks in the Polish–German borderlands

    Sylwia Dołzbłasz and Andrzej Raczyk

    13. German–Polish Bilateralism at the Local and Regional levels: The case of The Interreg Programme

    Jarosław Jańczak and Javier Martín-Uceda

    14. The Dynamics of Economic Development in the Polish–German Border Region: The Example of the State of Brandenburg and Lubuskie Voivodeship

    Anna M. Steinkamp

    15. The Difficult Case of Healthcare Cooperation Across Borders: German–Polish bilateral arrangements in the light of previous European borderland experiences

    Sara Svensson


    Elżbieta Opiłowska and Monika Sus


    Elżbieta Opiłowska is Associate Professor of Sociology and Head of the Centre for Regional and Borderlands Studies at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Wrocław, Poland.

    Monika Sus is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, and a fellow at the Center for International Security at the Hertie School, Berlin, Germany.