Poland’s upcoming election in October will define Europe’s future, along with upcoming European Parliament elections in June, writes influentail conservative Vox MEP Hermann Tertsch in his article for El Debate entitled “Tectonic plates are moving in Europe and on the right.”
Tertsch, a former El Pais correspondent in Warsaw during the last years of communism, demonstrates his awareness of the realities facing Poland in the piece. He writes that Poland during the last decade has become an economic success story combined with social stability — all despite political polarization, war on its borders, and hostility in EU institutions.
Tertsch describes Poland as a “leader of the conservative revolution” because over and above its economic, social and cultural achievements, it has become an important factor in the defense and security of the West.
He notes that the changes began before the war, but that the conflict in Ukraine led to Poland becoming America’s chief ally in Europe and a natural leader of nations that reject the decadent Franco-German axis inside the EU. He is convinced that the old system of Germany and France controlling the European Commission and imposing their will on the other member states will not return.
Tertsch believes the upcoming election in Poland is pivotal for Europe’s future as a whole, and he argues that its result will resolve the colossal dilemma that has faced the European center-right since the end of the Second World War. The alliance with the socialists, which has controlled Europe, has pushed the evolution of the center-right towards progressivism, which is hostile to the sovereignty of nation-states and economic growth, while being open to social engineering, radical environmentalism, and climate alarmism.
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He says Donald Tusk’s party, Civic Platform (PO), supports all the elements of the cultural and social transformation proposed by the left, describing it as woke to its bone.
The ruling Law and Justice (PiS), together with Vox in the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, defends nation-states, borders, families, agriculture, and traditional values, and opposes social engineering.
According to Tertsch, Poland in October, like the whole of Europe next June when the European Parliament will have elections, is facing a choice between common sense, freedom, security and an enterprise economy and the left’s egalitarianism, unending desire for control, and intolerance.
“Tertium non datur,” he concludes.