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Weekend of party conventions
September 11, 2018   
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Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz
Opposition party Civic Platform (PO) will seek to differentiate itself from the governing party Law and Justice (PiS) in the coming local government elections as the party of decentralization and pro-European policy. The euroskepticism of PiS plays well into the hand of Russian President Vladimir Putin, they are set to argue.
A party platform reflected priorities seen in the governing party's own platform, but differs in details, the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna wrote of its read. The plan includes free school lunches, free public transport nationwide for pupils, an end to homework and teachers raises in education, supporting help centers and support programs for seniors, spending at 0.5% GDP for anti-smog programs and a focus on local infrastructure.
A weekend election campaign convention of PO in tandem with fellow opposition group Nowoczesna worked hard to show the unity of the two parties. Nowoczesna leader Katarzyna Lubnauer was well displayed and a former candidate to leftist opposition party Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) and its allies, Barbara Nowacka, was brought in to endorse the coalition's mayor candidate in Warsaw over the candidate of SLD.
PiS, in turn, has reached out to agrarian opposition Polish Peoples Party (PSL) with signals from both Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski that it is ready to consider coalitions with PSL in regional assemblies after the election. The turn-about seems strong given how PiS launched its local government campaign with signs it is focusing on stealing PSL electorate. PSL party leader Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamisz rejects the idea of coalitions.
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