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Since President Andrzej Duda set Poland's parliamentary election for October 15, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has turned its guns on Donald Tusk, the leader of the opposition Civic Platform (PO) and a figure it says is beholden to Germany - and the EU by extension.

"Tusk is the personification of evil in Poland. He is pure evil," Jaroslaw Kaczynski, PiS leader and the deputy prime minister, said this week.

Tusk, who is from the northern Polish city of Gdansk, with historically strong links to Germany, was the president of the European Council from 2014 to 2019, and has been subjected to such name-calling for years.

Kaczynski claimed Tusk wants to abolish the social programs introduced by PiS, raise the retirement age and privatise major companies.

Mariusz Blaszczak, another senior PiS leader and the country's defence minister, warned that Tusk would remove the fence along the border with Belarus if he came to power.


War and history

A February survey of the Institute of Public Affairs think tank found the number of Poles who evaluate Polish-German relations positively fell from 72 percent in 2020 to 48 percent, while those who viewed them negatively increased from 14 percent to 35 percent.

In the PiS' view, the Ukraine war has "exposed the way Germany fatally misjudged" Russian President Vladimir Putin's plans, said Szczerbiak.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 17th, 2023 at 07:14:07 PM EST

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