The choice of Mateusz Morawiecki to lead Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) government is widely believed to reflect the PiS’s desire to endear itself to investors and the European Union. In fact, Morawiecki, like his predecessor, was chosen for a very different reason: to facilitate PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński’s consolidation of power.
The European Union has been shaken by Brexit, Donald Trump’s election in the United States, and now political uncertainty in Germany. But the future of the EU is also being written in Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, and Russia, with profound implications for democratic institutions and regional security.
I believe the Polish people should heed the message that Piotr conveyed in his letter.
After 5 days of protests President Duda finally vetoes two of the laws passed by Polish parliament and signed the third.
Trump and Poland’s de facto leader Kaczyński both want to demonstrate that they are beloved leaders with many allies, and not isolated, deeply unpopular figures.
It is curious that the PiS government would take so much pride in Poles who helped Jews unconditionally, when it lacks the courage even to help a few orphaned children from Aleppo.
The rise of populism is not connected so much to economics as it is to the failure of democracy.