.............. One thing is different now from the situation in 1939: while Western partners continued to believe in the aggressor’s “human face”, he was able in recent years to draw into the orbit of its interests many West European politicians and businessmen. The lobby thus created managed to influence the East European policy of many countries. The guiding principle of this policy has been “Russia First” or even “Russia and Nothing Else”. Now it has fallen into ruin. Europe urgently needs a new, realistic, Ostpolitik.
This is why we appeal to our neighbours, fellow citizens of Europe, and their governments:
1. French President François Hollande and his government are tempted to make a step that will be even worse than France’s passivity in 1939. In the coming weeks, as the only European country, they actually plan to help the aggressor by selling Putin’s Russia brand-new huge Mistral-class amphibious assault ships.......... Full article starts below and so is source LINK
SEVENTY-FIVE years after the start of the second world war, the West seems to capitulate again to aggression, say Polish intellectuals. In an appeal, signed today, the anniversary of the start of the war, in Gdańsk (pictured in 1939, when it was called Danzig, just after the outbreak of the second world war), published in Gazeta Wyborcza, a Polish daily, La Libre Belgique, a Belgian daily, Die Welt, a German daily, Le Monde, a French daily, and Ukrainian media, they exhort Europe not to repeat the mistakes of the past. The signatories are: Władysław Bartoszewski, Jacek Dehnel, Inga Iwasiów, Ignacy Karpowicz, Wojciech Kuczok, Dorota Masłowska, Zbigniew Mentzel, Tomasz Różycki, Janusz Rudnicki, Piotr Sommer, Andrzej Stasiuk, Ziemowit Szczerek, Olga Tokarczuk, Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki, Magdalena Tulli, Agata Tuszyńska, Szczepan Twardoch, Andrzej Wajda, Kazimierz Wóycicki, Krystyna Zachwatowicz.
Why die for Danzig? -