Poland

  • Poland – what direction for Europe’s enfant terrible?

    A conservative government is enjoying for the first time in Polish modern democracy an unequivocal mandate to govern alone, supported by a loyal president. But the first 150 days have prompted a wave of concern about developments in Warsaw. The ruling Law and Justice party is complex: socially conservative but left-leaning on economics. It all…

  • Law and Justice – they’re back…

    Yesterday, Poles handed the Law and Justice party (PIS) victory in the Polish parliamentary election. No surprise here, as their win was widely predicted, and exit polls gave them a resounding victory with 37.7% of the vote. The incumbent centrist Civic Platform was decimated, securing just 23% of the vote, less than half of what…

  • COP21 – The EU’s second chance

    For the European Union (EU), the efforts towards a global climate agreement are more than just a political priority. Climate change is the guiding theme for many policies and early on the EU had the ambition to be the global leader in the fight against climate change. Consequently, the EU has introduced many far-reaching measures…

  • Polish presidential election: a harbinger of times to come?

    Justyna Slominska and George Candon on the prospects for Poland following the presidential elections.   On Sunday conservative challenger Andrzej Duda (Law and Justice party, PiS) unseated incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski (Civic Platform, PO) in Poland’s presidential election. The win was surprising because Komorowski was initially expected to easily win a second term, but the reality…

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