Sunday August 9, 2020

Poles apart: election results point to a deeply divided nation, but there is hope

The vision of a strong, vibrant, inclusive, European Poland is alive and well, and with the right leadership, it will emerge one day soon

19th July, 2020
Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, celebrates with his wife Agata Kornhauser Duda, daughter Kinga Duda and supporters after securing re-election. Photo: Piotr Malecki/Bloomberg

Since taking office five years ago, Poland’s conservative-nationalist government has waged war on the country’s judges, picked fights with the EU, bullied the independent media, cosied up to Donald Trump, courted fellow nationalists in central and eastern Europe, demonised gay people, and fed an all-encompassing sense of national victimhood.

Next up: banning Halloween.

In the faith, family and fatherland world inhabited by Poland’s governing political party, this festival is un-Christian and...

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