Poland has announced that former Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski will be a foreign policy advisor for Warsaw’s complex relations with Germany, Russia and Israel, which have all come under strain recently.

Bartoszewski’s official position will be secretary of state in the prime minister’s chancellery where he will advise Poland’s new Prime Minister Donald Tusk and new Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski.

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski’s nomination had a “symbolic character” and was meant to raise the country’s profile on the international stage, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at a news conference in Warsaw on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

“He is a patron of a new chapter in Polish history,” said Tusk, whose government took office last week.


Tusk has pledged to mend fences damaged by his nationalist predecessor Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who had a turbulent relationship with Germany.

The ousted premier regularly raised the spectre of Polish suffering at the hands of the Nazis during World War Two as he accused Berlin of trying to dominate the Europe Union.