• 5 hours The Coronavirus Is Crushing China’s Car Market
  • 1 day Fighting For Survival In The Streaming War
  • 2 days Want A Job? Forget About A Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2 days Another Major Car Maker Is Backing Hydrogen
  • 3 days Are Americans Finally Sold On Soccer?
  • 3 days Is The Tech Bubble About To Burst?
  • 4 days Coronavirus Could Cost Tourism Industry $80 Billion
  • 4 days What Web Traffic Trends Can Tell Us About The World
  • 4 days Miners Face Greater Headwinds
  • 5 days Boris Johnson Proposes Billion Dollar Bridge To Northern Ireland
  • 6 days Goldman Slashes Oil Price Forecast By $10
  • 7 days Tesla Raises $2 Billion In Share Selloff
  • 8 days What The T-Mobile Takeover Of Sprint Really Means For Markets
  • 8 days The U.S. Has Charged Huawei With Racketeering And Conspiracy
  • 8 days How Hydrogen Could Become The Fuel Of The Future
  • 9 days Millennials Can’t Retire, But They’ll Still Have To Help Their Parents
  • 9 days This Gold Miner Just Increased Its Dividends By 40%
  • 9 days Airbnb IPO Under Threat As China's Economy Drags
  • 10 days The Infamous Equifax Hack Just Became A National Security Issue
  • 10 days BHP Takes The Crown As World’s Top Copper Miner
What's Behind The Global EV Sales Slowdown?

What's Behind The Global EV Sales Slowdown?

An economic slowdown in many…

How The Ultra-Wealthy Are Using Art To Dodge Taxes

How The Ultra-Wealthy Are Using Art To Dodge Taxes

More freeports open around the…

  1. Home
  2. Markets
  3. Other

Polish Voters Elect Eurosceptic President; Disenchantment with Brussels Spreads

Andrzej Duda outed president Bronis?aw Komorowski, the the pro-Brussels incumbent centrist Civic Platform party president, in an election over the weekend. Komorowski was expected to win.

The Duda Victory Sent Shockwaves Through Polish Politics, and no doubt Brussels as well.

The win for the socially conservative, nationalist, eurosceptic party, which saw Mr Duda oust Bronis?aw Komorowski, the government-backed incumbent from the presidential palace, represents a significant lurch to the right in Polish politics. It has sent shockwaves through the country's political establishment that could ultimately topple the ruling party in October after eight years in power.

Backed by both the country's restless, anti-establishment youth and its conservative pensioners, Mr Duda's election, which was unthinkable just a few months ago, represents a significant and far-reaching rejection of the ruling Civic Platform party.

Mr Duda has called for a repatriation of more powers from Brussels to individual member states, an effort that chimes with British prime minister David Cameron's attempts to renegotiate the UK's relationship with Europe ahead of a referendum on its EU membership.

The vote illustrated deep divides in Polish society. Despite headline growth figures since 2008 that are almost twice as large as any other EU member, the fruits of Poland's economic boom have not been equally shared.

Strikingly, all of the country's poorer eastern regions backed Mr Duda, while the more prosperous western regions supported Mr Komorowski without exception.

In rural areas, 62 per cent of voters backed Mr Duda, according to an exit poll, while Mr Komorowski carried 59 per cent of votes from the country's cities.


Poland Vote

Polish Prsidential Election Results


Disenchantment with Brussels Spreads

The Polish unemployment rate is a modest 7.8%. Youth unemployment is 20.5% as of March. Both numbers are better than France and far better than Spain.

See Spain's Unemployment Rate Increases to 23.7%; 114,300 Jobs Vanish in First Quarter, Public Sector Jobs Rise.

Poland and Spain are two countries with the highest growth rates, yet voters are increasingly agitated, as they should be.

The nannycrat policies of the eurozone (and EU in general), are not good for growth prospects or jobs.

Yesterday I reported Angry Voters Handed Spain's Ruling Party Heavy Regional Losses; Podemos Scores Upset Victories in Barcelona, Madrid.

Euroscepticism and/or general disenchantment with Brussels is on the rise in Spain, France, Greece, the UK, and now Poland.

On March 29, I reported Sarkozy, Le Pen Triumph Over Socialists in Second Round of Local Elections.

In the May UK election a Clean Sweep by UK Conservatives Masks Huge Rifts.

Cameron's party unexpectedly received a majority of votes UKIP, the eurosceptic UK Independence Party is now the third largest party in the UK although it only won a single parliamentary seat.

There is much disenchantment with Brussels, and it is spreading.

 

Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment