The current conflict around Poland’s presidential election date is not about the date itself or the method of voting. What it actually concerns are foreign state actors attempting to overthrow Poland’s government during a pandemic and economic crisis with the belief that Poland’s opposition poses less of a threat.
Using a variety of methods, these foreign powers are attempting to destabilize the Polish state to realize their goal.
Poland’s opposition politicians seem to forget that Poland lies in a very specific geographical area in Europe. Not all countries are sympathetic towards us. Ever since Law and Justice (PiS) won elections in 2015, some European capitals have been dreaming of the return to power of Poland’s political forces subordinate to Berlin, Brussels, and Moscow.
Currently, divisions within opposition parties are so strong that they reject the possibility of creating a new government. In the end, disdain for Jarosław Kaczyński is not enough to construct a different government majority. Poland could soon enter a period of state paralysis during a period where its citizens and economy most need an efficient government to see them through the crisis.
Moscow, Berlin and Brussels are aware of this.
In the last years, we have seen certain countries openly support the opposition in Poland, with these countries openly organizing legal and foreign policy obstacles for Poland on the international arena. At the same time, thousands of deceitful articles have been published targeting PiS in the international press.
The defeat of the opposition in the 2019 elections and their ratings in the 2020 presidential campaign is encouraging foreign powers to attempt another shot at changing the Polish government by targeting the country right as it struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak and hold presidential elections.
Jarosław Gowin of the Agreement party, who is a threat to the government’s majority, is not a rational and individual politician — he is a tool and not only one for the opposition. He is fast becoming the defender of foreign interests that have increasingly found Poland’s growing strength over the last four years a matter of concern.