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Tough Year Ahead
December 30, 2010   
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This is not going to be an easy year for Polish politicians in either domestic or foreign affairs. Over the next few weeks it should become clear if the parliamentary elections will be held in the fall as usual or at an earlier date—as politicians from the governing Civic Platform (PO) party have repeatedly suggested might be the case. A possible spring date would be prompted by the fact that Poland’s turn at the rotating presidency of the EU begins July 1. Politicians from the PO and other parties have said on many occasions that Poland’s first EU presidency should not be disturbed by an election campaign. The problem is that most of them have recently been keeping hush about this matter and even Prime Minister Donald Tusk seems to be getting cold feet about an early election.

One way or another, politicians from both the governing coalition and the opposition seem to be acting like the election campaign has already begun. The PO and its junior coalition partner, the Polish People’s Party (PSL), have been avoiding unpopular decisions, which has been harshly criticized by economists, who are appalled by the absence of long-awaited public finance reforms. The opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, on the other hand, is standing firmly by its policy of relentless confrontation, while the leftists are trying to lure back their former voters by calling for peace and common sense.

Meanwhile, Polish politics has welcomed several new groupings, including Poland Comes First (PJN), formed by politicians expelled from PiS by chairman Jarosław Kaczyński and by those who quit the party, and the Palikot Support Movement, led by Janusz Palikot, a controversial ex-PO member. Opinion polls indicate the PJN might make it into the new parliament, while Palikot’s group will not be that lucky. The question is which parties will lose votes to the new groupings in the next elections.

Most political scientists believe this year’s parliamentary elections may substantially change the balance of power in Poland. If the PO wins enough parliamentary seats to form a majority government—and polls are showing that it will—it will be the first time in 20 years that a party will have retained power for more than one parliamentary term. If PiS suffers a painful defeat, which in the light of opinion polls is possible as well, the PO will essentially have a monopoly on power for the next four years. At the same time, one could hardly expect PiS to accept such a state of affairs and so the political conflict is likely to get worse.

As far as foreign affairs are concerned, the Polish EU presidency is just one of many challenges facing Poland this year. Towards the end of 2010, Warsaw stepped up its foreign policy efforts when President Bronisław Komorowski hosted his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Warsaw and then flew to Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama. The two presidents discussed bilateral relations and global issues such as the ratification of the START arms reduction treaty and the global war on terror. Poland thus sent a clear message to its partners that it was aiming to become more active on the international arena. The next 12 months will show if Warsaw can carry through this ambitious plan.
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