Poland’s Conservatives won’t rule out alliance with Confederation party, consider name change

PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczyński speaks during a press conference at PiS headquarters in Warsaw. (EPA-EFE/TOMASZ GZELL POLAND OUT)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jarosław Kaczyński in an interview with weekly “Sieci” was asked about the political strategy of his party. Acknowledging that the last election campaign and messaging since may have been too negative, Kaczyński confirmed that his party would now concentrate on accentuating its positive record in government and defending large investment projects such as the Central Airport. 

He confirmed that he was willing to lead his party beyond 2025 but warned against premature moves such as changing the name of his party in response to negative campaigning that had damaged its reputation. He said it was still a brand that had real achievements connected with it.

Kaczyński also feared that the emergence of new political forces on the right would further split the right’s vote. He acknowledged that a new name was possible in the long term, as long as a wider alliance could be formed closer to the next general election. He said his party was open to such an idea in order to defeat the Tusk government. 

The leader of PiS also did not rule out cooperation with the Confederation party, the other major right-wing party in Poland’s parliament, although he noted barriers to such an alliance. First of all, he criticized Confederation for being divided and lacking a clear sense of direction, and secondly, he observed that Confederation’s declared aim is to destroy and then replace PiS. 

PiS topped the poll in the general election last autumn with just over 35 percent of the vote. However, it was unable to attract coalition partners, either from the Confederation party or the centrist Third Way alliance, and thus ended up losing power. 

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