Not Really a Landslide:
The 2023 Polish Parliamentary Elections
The Polish parliamentary elections of October 2023 promised to answer the ultimate question of Polish politics: whether the ruling party — in this case Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, or Law & Justice (PiS) — can break the curse and rule for a third time in a row, something which had never been achieved before in the 33 years of Polish democracy, or will it adhere to the iron rule of Polish politics and lose to the main opposition party after being in power for two terms? (more…)
Immigration has become a major issue in Central Europe since 2015, whereas since the fall of Communism the primary social issue in this region had been emigration . But a lot has changed since the famous “migrant crisis” along the Balkan route — and the faces you see in the streets of Warsaw, Budapest, Prague, and Bratislava are changing, too.
Over a few weeks in the summer of 2015, a veritable migratory route was set up stretching from Turkey and Greece to Hungary, the guardian of the Schengen Zone’s southeastern border. (more…)
If Poland Chooses a Liberal Government, It Will Undergo a Cultural Revolution
Interview with Grégor Puppinck, Director of the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ)
In November of this year, Poles will vote to elect a new Sejm (parliament), and therefore a new government. Under pressure at the national level from the Euro-enthusiastic liberals on its left and the patriots and nationalists of Konfederacja on its right, the center-Right coalition led by the Law and Justice Party (PiS) is not certain to win the upcoming elections after two consecutive terms.
Grégor Puppinck is the Director of the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ). (more…)