The Polish president has signed into law a bill ratifying a Polish-British agreement under which Poles living in the UK and Britons living in Poland can vote and run in local elections.
Commonly cited as one of the most iconic reconciliatory moments ever captured on camera, on this day 50 years ago the West German Chancellor, Willy Brandt, sank to his knees in Warsaw in atonement of his nation’s wartime atrocities.
Officially known as the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, August 23rd was chosen as it coincides with the date of the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, a 1939 non-aggression pact between the USSR and Nazi Germany which would see a German-Soviet carve-up of Poland.
Negotiations of “The Agreement Concerning the Demarcation of the Established and the Existing Polish-German State Frontier” were filled with tension with East German politicians refusing to treat the new border as a finality.
Both Polish and British citizens can continue to stand and vote in local elections in each other’s countries following the UK’s exit from the EU under a new agreement signed by the two governments, the Polish foreign minister said in a Friday statement.