Poland: Kaczyński criticizes Confederation party, labeling it a strange entity undermining Polish right-wing rule

Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, voices concerns that the Confederation party is fracturing the Polish right, potentially preventing PiS from governing

Poland's main opposition leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, is questioned by a parliamentary commission at the parliament building, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, March 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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During both the recent European Parliament elections and the Sejm elections in October of last year, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) failed to secure an outright majority. In a recent press conference, PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński was questioned about potential coalition partners for PiS.

Discussing the Polish People’s Party (PSL), currently a part of the left-liberal government coalition, Kaczyński highlighted the difficulty in forming a coalition, noting that attempts to partner with PSL have always fallen through.

However, he also criticized the right-wing Confederation party, stating that they see PiS as equally problematic as the Civic Platform (PO).

“Some believe this stance will eventually end, but as long as I am in charge of PiS, we will not be using fire extinguishers to put out menorahs,” Kaczyński remarked, referencing a December 2023 incident where Confederation MP Grzegorz Braun used a fire extinguisher to douse Hanukkah candles in the Polish Sejm.

Kaczyński described the Confederation as “a lobbying element,” noting the unusual composition of the party, which includes four smaller factions: New Hope, National Movement, Confederation of the Polish Crown, and One Poland Union.

Kaczyński lamented the lack of unity within the Polish right, criticizing the Confederation’s extremely negative attitude towards the main conservative party.

“It seems they are here to prevent the right-wing from ruling in Poland. Will this change in the future? Many things have happened in this world,” he added.

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