Poland’s right wing struggles to unite
July 14, 2014
Zbigniew Ziobro, leader of Solidary Poland and Jaroslaw Gowin, leader of Poland Together
A right-wing grouping Poland Together (Polska Razem) led by Jaroslaw Gowin will merge its parliamentary caucus with that of another minor right-wing party Solidary Poland (Solidarna Polska), led by Zbigniew Ziobro, Gowin and Ziobro told reporters on Friday.
The new joint parliamentary caucus will be called Just Poland (Sprawiedliwa Polska)
Gowin, former MP of ruling Civic Platform (PO), had earlier conducted cooperation talks with Poland’s biggest opposition party conservative Law and Justice (PiS), however the talks failed. PiS politicians were divided on the issue of cooperation with Poland Together, Gowin said.
Poland's right-wing political spectrum needs consolidation, but more time is needed, Gowin also said.
Solidary Poland also wants a partnership-based coalition with PiS, albeit it is aware that PiS significantly outranks it in terms of voter support, ex-PiS politician Ziobro told the daily Rzeczpospolita in an interview. SP is ready to build a great rightist coalition which would win against PM Donald Tusk's government, he said. But the daily writes in another article that Ziobro apparently set unacceptable conditions during the talks with PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, as mentioned by Kaczynski afterwards.
Neither Gowin nor Ziobro attended the Saturday congress of the Polish right wing, organized by PiS and regarded as the starting point of uniting the Polish rightist groupings. Instead, they addressed an open letter to the congress’ participants expressing their commitment to work for unity of Poland’s right wing.