Polsko-niemiecka współpraca transgraniczna – udana normalizacja?
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The Polish-German cross-border cooperation – successful normalization?
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This article aims at analyzing the development of cross-border cooperation between Poland and Germany since the 1990s, taking also into account the most important stages after 1945. It will be explored which factors enhance and which ones handicap the cross-border Polish-German cooperation. Furthermore, I will try to elaborate how bilateral relations at the state level affect the cross-border cooperation. The object of this article is to try to identify how the deterioration of relations at the state level affects local cooperation at the border. The theoretical framework for the analysis is provided by the Collective Efficacy Theory (CET) model, implemented for the analysis of factors determining cross-border cooperation. The article is based on 16 expert interviews with Polish and German actors of cross-border cooperation in various fields, carried out as part of a research project supported by the German-Polish Science Foundation.
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