Commentary PO and the Spring party

A Platform of lefties

The Civic Platform (PO), Poland’s main liberal opposition party is veering to the extreme left. Its already saying that it backs gay marriage. This shift is coming about as the party becomes increasingly aware that it cannot compete with the United Right led by the Law and Justice (PiS) party, writes Wojciech Mucha.

The Civic Platforms eight years in power (2007-2015) have left conservative Poles with no illusions about the credibility of the party led by Grzegorz Schetyna. This is why the party is now seeking support on its left flank. 

The new great hope of the left, Robert Biedroń the leader of the “Spring” party says that he “can see Grzegorz Schetyna as a Deputy Prime Minister and Interior minister” in the government in which Biedroń would be Prime Minister. But he is ruling out the possibility of an electoral coalition with the Civic Platform for the time being.

Interviewed in Super Express, he demands that the party “must support our program of a secular state, rooting out cronyism, ending reliance on coal for energy needs and adopting the full packet of women’s rights, including the right to abortion on demand up until the 12th week of pregnancy. 

Not long ago, Mr Schetyna declared himself to be a conservative. But the dynamics of the situation is such that he may well not only support Biedroń’s program but also claim that it was his in the first place. 

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