After years of fraught relationships between Poland’s conservative government and the globalist-influenced European Union government, it appears the globalists have finally gotten their man in Poland. Donald Tusk, an acolyte of the politics favored by the elites in Brussels, appears to have won enough seats (with a coalition of parties) to take control of Poland’s government. Bloomberg’s Natalia Ojewska and Agnieszka Barteczko report:
Poland’s opposition is on course for a majority after Sunday’s election, an upset that would deny the ruling nationalists a third term and see the country re-engage with the European Union.
With a record number of Poles turning out to vote, the Civic Platform under former European Council President Donald Tusk won 31% of the vote, according to a projection by Ipsos that includes a partial count and exit polling. The Third Way alliance had 14%, with the Left party at 8.6%, giving the three groups 248 seats in the 460-strong lower house of parliament.
The implications of the outcome are significant after arguably the most vitriolic campaign in Poland since the collapse of communism more than three decades ago. Victory for the opposition would see the country adopt a more collaborative approach to EU politics under a veteran statesman who served as European Council president and has the ear of leaders in Brussels and Berlin.
The zloty gained as much as 1.8% in early trading, its biggest rise in 18 months.
Tusk has pledged to normalize Poland’s relationship with the EU and to secure the release of more than €35 billion ($37 billion) in funding that was withheld to punish the Law & Justice government for curbing the independence of judges during its eight-year rule. He said his first move will be to restore the impartiality of the public broadcaster. He also wants to liberalize abortion rights and bring back funding for fertility treatment.
A win for the ruling Law & Justice party, by contrast, would have meant deepening Poland’s isolation at a moment when cracks are appearing in support for Ukraine and the world’s focus is shifting to the war between Israel and Hamas.
With turnout estimated at a record 73%, some people in big cities had to queue into the early hours of Monday in order to cast their votes. Under Polish election law, you have a right to vote so long as you arrive at the polling stations before the 9 p.m. cutoff.
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