Thursday August 6, 2020

Comment: Polish election result is a turning point for European politics

Despite incumbent president Andrzej Duda’s win, the surprisingly strong performance of the main opposition party points to the beginning of the end of populism

15th July, 2020
Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, his wife Agata Kornhauser Duda and daughter Kinga Duda celebrate with supporters after winning re-election by a narrow majority. Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw, may not have come out on top in Poland’s presidential election, but the result nonetheless represents a turning point in European politics.

The nationalist-populist tide has peaked. To paraphrase Winston Churchill’s famous quip following the second battle of El Alamein in 1942, this may not be the beginning of the end of contemporary authoritarian nationalism, but it is at least the end of the beginning.

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