Is the Polish Election a Choice Between Europe and the United States?

Campaign posters for two contenders in Poland’s presidential election runoff, the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, and his liberal rival, Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, in Raciaz, Poland, July 9, 2020 (AP Photo by Czarek Sokolowski).
Campaign posters for two contenders in Poland’s presidential election runoff, the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, and his liberal rival, Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, in Raciaz, Poland, July 9, 2020 (AP Photo by Czarek Sokolowski).
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During a recent online debate hosted by the Warsaw-based publication Visegrad Insight, a Polish opposition figure commented that in the country’s presidential election, “Poles will have a choice to make between two models of society”—“a European Poland and a Poland that looks at the United States.” This remark encapsulates an increasingly common understanding of the dynamics at play in the election, which goes to a second and final round this Sunday. The conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda of the ruling Law and Justice party, or PiS, will face off against his liberal challenger, Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who came in second […]

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