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Poland after the general elections 2019: a divided country in a state of suspension, where citizens don’t give up their hopes

By Ania Skrzypek / 18 October, 2019

Last Sunday, 13th of October 2019 an unprecedented number of Polish both in Poland and abroad went to cast a vote in the general elections. It had nothing of a fatigue that otherwise could have been the case in a nation that went to vote for the third time in...

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Joy or disappointment? The Polish elections in brief

By Konrad Golota / 18 October, 2019

“The most important elections since 1989” were saying all parties running in General Elections on 13th October in Poland. The competition was quite narrow, so all the parties focused on the mobilisation of voters. Let’s start with numbers: the Sejm consists of 460 MPs and the Senate of 100 Senators....

The future of the Left: how to cross the ten ‘plus something’ percent

By Michal Sutowski / 18 October, 2019

With MPs such as: Gdula, Zawisza, Czarzasty, Zandberg, Dziemianowicz-Bak, Gill-Piatek, Konieczny and Scheuring-Wielgus – the Left in the Sejm has the best ever composed delegation that crosscuts between young and middle-aged population. It is certainly the most outstanding in the span of one and a half decades, or even, it...

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An anticipated, but yet astonishing result in the general elections

By Marcin Duma / 18 October, 2019

The parliamentary elections in Poland ended with a predicted result – even if that one wasn’t exactly surprise-free. Before the vote, the analysts and pollsters agreed regarding the possible outcome – which would entail a victory of the governing party (Law and Justice – PiS). It would enable this force...

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The return from afterlife

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 18 October, 2019

When, in 2015, Polish Social Democracy and its largest party, the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), fell out of parliament for the first time in the history of Poland, couldn’t believe it. Two times, the ruling party responsible for bringing Poland into the European Union, whose politicians were elected president twice,...

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Poland: the Left will be a real threat to PiS’ hegemony

By Aleks Polaks / 18 October, 2019

The Polish Left is back in parliament and its decisive stance on social policy makes it a much clearer threat to the governing Law and Justice party than the centre-right opposition from the Civic Platform has ever been. During this year’s parliamentary elections in Poland, the registered turnout (61.74%) was...

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Parliamentary elections in Poland

By Ireneusz Bil / 18 October, 2019

The final results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Poland are well known: the national populistic Law and Justice party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, building up on national pride and close relations with the Roman Catholic Church, but drawing its strength mainly from very generous social transfers and even more limitless further...

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Polski Sejm przestaje być krzywym zwie

By Anna Pacześniak / 18 October, 2019

Polacy uwierzyli politykom, że tegoroczne wybory parlamentarne są najważniejsze od 1989 roku. Podobnie jak trzy dekady temu, ponad 60% wyborców oddało swój głos, co w warunkach polskich jest frekwencją rekordową. Politycy Prawa i Sprawiedliwości umocnili swoją demokratyczną legitymizację, ale komfort rządzenia utrudni im niemal 50-osobowa lewicowa drużyna. Dzięki powrotowi lewicy...

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From open doors to a closed society

By Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz / 2 October, 2019

On June 4, 1989 – on the same day that students died in Tiananmen Square – parliamentary elections were held in Poland. For the first time, real opposition candidates were allowed to participate. The resulting opposition-led government opened the door to historical changes in the country and beyond. The 2004...

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Poland’s Left: Fragmented and in disarray

By Maria Skóra / 20 June, 2018

In the 2015 parliamentary elections, the results of the Polish Left were not good enough to enable them to win seats in the Polish parliament. Today, the biggest problem on the path towards challenging the governing national-conservative PiS party is that left wing parties are fragmented. Maria Skora looks back...

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