03 Nov 2015

Awkward partner once again? Repercussions for Europe of Poland’s elections

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer

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Author: Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer

Series: EPIN Commentary   No of pp: 4

A clear majority of Poles voted to end eight years of Civic Platform (PO) government on October 25th when they brought the national-conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) back to power. This outcome might be difficult to understand for Poland’s West European partners and may also confuse some EU officials who have observed developments in Poland since it joined the EU in 2004. The implications of these elections for relations with Germany and France, and for Poland’s own EU policy, are a source of concern. Do the results herald a return to the country Poland was during its early years as EU member? In this EPIN commentary the author attempts to throw light on the reasons behind the return to power of Law and Justice Party and considers the wider implications for the EU and European cohesion.

Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer is Scientific Collaborator at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).