Date: 21.01.2018 - 22:19 |

Being Ukrainian in Poland after two years in Germany is rather weird experience. It took me several months to be able to see beyond the image of Poland, created by Western media and German cultural institutions. Finally I realized that Germany is Protestant Europe and Poland is Catholic Europe and here could be the roots of many cultural contradictions, conflicts and confrontations that occur to Poland. Despite many attempts to build bridges, develop common cultural initiatives and so on, it is really hard to overcome the fact that Reformation is a fundamental notion for modern Germany and Reformation was about protest against Catholicism and struggle for it's radical adjustment. Despite no obvious blood, the ghost of war between Catholics and Protestants is still present in modern Europe.
Image: The Battle of Rocroi, by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau