Poles will elect their president this Sunday for the next five years in elections in which current president Andrzej Duda, supported by conservative law and justice, will stand against the mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski, through the centrist party, Citizens’ Platform , in a conflict of visions about the future of the country and the European Union.
The popular split that prevailed with uncertainty in these elections was seen in the debate last Monday, a strange show that consisted of two television programs, each with a candidate standing next to an empty podium.
Duda positions herself as a conservative defender of family values against the “liberal” style that is represented in the rights of the LGTB community, which he sees as “alien to Polish culture”.
His program is also reflected in an increase in social spending and public investment, and he has warned that a victory for Trzaskowski would mean a direct confrontation between the new president and the current conservative government, which would further hamper the country’s development.
The mayor of Warsaw, on the other hand, fears that a Duda victory would mean the country’s collapse into authoritarianism, the weakening of civil liberties and the final exit from the European Union. The hopes they have placed on Trazskowski are based above all on the new president’s ability to paralyze the conservative reforms of justice and justice that the majority of three-fifths of the parliament lack to lift the president’s veto.