Politics in Poland: eternal duopoly or refreshing breeze?

Maria Skóra in Social Europe about the parliamentary elections in Poland 2019

While the European Parliament elections near, politics in Poland is at such a crux that the later parliamentary polls there will have wide reverberations.

In her Social Europe article Maria Skóra focuses on the importance of the parliamentary elections in Poland in autumn 2019. New actors are emerging the Polish political scene, which will have a massive impact on the European stage and the left. The European and especially the parliamentary elections will be a fight for its survival on the Polish political scene.

This month, the Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini of the Lega, travelled in search of possible partners for a ‘European spring’ alliance —‘a new plan for Europe’—comprising similar right-wing, populist, Eurosceptic movements. On his way, he had to stop by in Poland, governed since 2016 by the nationalist-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which seems a natural partner for this enterprise. Most analysts are of the opinion that the parliamentary elections will be a battle for the centre. Yet, as in other EU countries, Poland also experiences the rise of right-wing populism and a nationalist temper.

Author

Dr. Maria Skóra

Head of International Dialogue
Maria Skóra was the head of the International Dialogue program area of Das Progressive Zentrum. She holds a master's degree in sociology and a PhD in economics. 2018 Alumna of the Young Leaders Program of the Aspen Institute Central Europe in Prague. 2019 Visiting Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and AICGS, Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

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