Causes of discord:
- History 74%
- Economics 34%
- Current politics 21%
- Current culture 11%
This suggests that the impasse in Polish-Russian relations may be resolvable, if Russia was to adopt my suggestion to adopt a “politics of memory” on the victims of Bolshevism.
It’s not like Warszawa, unlike Brussels or Washington D.C., gives a hoot about Moscow banning gay parades.
Perhaps a slightly bigger problem is that 44% of Poles identify the aircrash over Smolensk as a current political issue (whereas both Nord Stream, the war in Donbass, Katyn, and foreign policy issues generally are in the single digits). That the Poles don’t care about Donbass is great news. But how to maneuver around almost half of them crediting a weird conspiracy theory will require more creativity. Perhaps some kind of joint commemoration event, I don’t know.
FTR, these polls tally with my personal impressions. Poles don’t generally like Ukrainians more than Russians (AP’s well-meaning hopes regardless). There is, however, what would be to both Westerners and Russians strange degree of obsession with history – and, yes, Smolensk.