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    Incumbent Duda extends lead in Polish election cliffhanger
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Incumbent Andrzej Duda’s lead in Poland’s presidential election widened further, an updated late poll showed on Monday, a result, which while still uncertain, could have profound implications for Warsaw’s relations with the European Union.

    The updated late poll combines exit poll data with official results for 90% of the polling stations that took part in the exit poll.

    The re-election of Duda, an ally of the ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS), is crucial if the government is to implement in full its conservative agenda, including judicial reforms that the European Union says are undemocratic. Duda’s challenger, liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, has pledged to repair Poland’s relations with Europe and use the presidential veto power to hold back any legislation that would subvert the rule of law.

    The updated late poll by Ipsos showed Duda winning 51.0% of the vote. It has a margin of error of one percentage point. Duda had 50.4% in an exit poll.

    “All we need is to count the votes. The night will be tense but I am certain that when the votes are counted, we will win,” Trzaskowski told supporters in a park just outside Warsaw’s historic Old Town after the exit poll.
    Opinion polls before the election had shown the candidates, both 48, neck and neck, with Trzaskowski having closed the gap on Duda, who initially looked like a clear favourite.

    Backed by the government, Duda ran an acrimonious campaign, laced with homophobic language, attacks on independent media and accusations levied against Trzaskowski that he would serve foreign interests instead of Poland’s. Duda, a devout believer, had painted himself as a defender of Catholic values and of the government’s generous social benefit programmes that have transformed life for many, especially in the poorer rural regions of the country.

    He appeared conciliatory on Sunday. “If anyone was offended by anything I did or said in the last five years, not just during the campaign, please accept my apology,” he told supporters in Pultusk, a small town north of the capital.

    Vote-counting was expected to continue through the night, but the electoral commission said it would not announce partial results as it has done in the past, but only the final result, possibly on Monday.

    Borys Budka, the head of Trzaskowski’s PO party, said it was “a scandal” that some voters abroad did not receive their mail-in ballots on time. “This is a great failure of the state, regardless of who wins,” Budka told private broadcaster TVN24.

    The election was the first time all voters had a choice to cast ballots by mail, a change in rules necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

    ‘LETHAL DANGER’
    For many religious conservatives in Poland, Trzaskowski came to represent the threats facing traditional values when he pledged to introduce education about LGBT rights in the city’s schools.

    The archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jedraszewski, told worshippers in the southern city of Czestochowa on Saturday that Poland faced a “lethal danger” from ideologies that seek to undermine the traditional family structure and corrupt children.

    Trzaskowski says he seeks a more tolerant Poland and has criticised PiS’ rhetoric, vowing to abolish state news channel TVP Info, which critics say gave overt support to Duda in its programming. “In politics, you should have opponents, not enemies,” Trzaskowski said on Sunday. “They thought they had full power, but today they have fear in their eyes.”

    Duda’s re-election to a second five-year term would open up the prospect of three years of uninterrupted rule by PiS, which has controlled the powerful lower house of parliament since 2015, with the next national election scheduled for 2023. Observers say his defeat could undermine the fragile parliamentary majority that supports the PiS government, raising the spectre of political instability as Poland is coping with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

    The election is being closely watched in Brussels.

    Before PiS and Duda came to power in 2015, Poland had one of the most pro-European administrations in the bloc’s ex-communist east. But it has grown increasingly isolated, with divisions focusing on climate change and migration, in addition to democratic norms.
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  2. #9467

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    Why are the themes these people run on always the same regardless of locale?
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Why are the themes these people run on always the same regardless of locale?
    Because the lowest common denominator for scapegoating is always the same


  4. #9469

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    Maybe I should already understand this, but I have a question raised by the article above and earlier statements about what Duda and his people stand for. I could ask the same question about Hungary, but it would apply to any country that goes this direction:

    What options face the European Union when a member state elects a government that clearly goes against some (or many) of the human rights' fundamentals of the EU? Actually, no need to limit it to "human rights' issues": What happens when a member state ignores or goes against any policy that is considered to be a fundamental policy of the EU? I guess I'd like to know both what could happen, and what is actually likely to happen.

    Thanks....GH

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    I'm not sure what legally could happen, but practically almost nothing will happen. Likely further loss of influence in Brussels, but that's about it. I guess if they really turned into a dictatorship EU could suspend them and most importantly cut off EU money on witch Poland depends on a large degree for infrastructure upgrade projects..
    Roger forever

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    I know and I agree with Steven Pinker that, overall, there has never been a better time in the history of mankind. Any of his graphs showing progress over the last 400 years are correct.
    But right now, at this moment, we are going backwards. The last 10 years have been anything but forward. And if in Europe this kind of people are elected presidents, don't look at us in L. America with pity. Even if we also are doing it.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    I'm not sure what legally could happen, but practically almost nothing will happen. Likely further loss of influence in Brussels, but that's about it. I guess if they really turned into a dictatorship EU could suspend them and most importantly cut off EU money on witch Poland depends on a large degree for infrastructure upgrade projects..
    You know about the uproar around some movie Tom Cruise is making there where they want to blow up a historic bridge in Poland instead of using CGI like most modern blow things up movies do?
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




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    Poland isn't the first member state to run afoul of Brussels' affections. And it won't be the last. But EU negotiations on a post COVID recovery plan will be the Bloc's focus for now.
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