PiS fails to win absolute majority in Poland

The right-wing conservative PiS party has lost its majority in Poland’s parliamentary elections. According to exit polls its electoral alliance won the most votes with 36.6 percent, but not enough to form a government. In second place with 31 percent, Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform could form a coalition with Trzecia Droga (Third Way, left-liberal) and Lewica (The Left) — if President Duda cooperates.

wPolityce.pl (PL) /

No coalition options for PiS

The governing alliance lacks coalition options, comments the PiS-affiliated online portal wPolityce.pl:

“The United Right [PiS electoral coalition] has won the parliamentary elections. ... But it was pursuing a different goal, namely a parliamentary majority. Today that seems unrealistic — irrespective of the final result. The [far-right nationalist] Konfederacja’s pitiful result also makes the search for a coalition partner a tremendous challenge. The only potential partner seems to be the [Polish People’s Party] PSL, but given the current mood in the ranks of the opposition, even this is a mission with little chance of success.”

Jacek Karnowski
Interia (PL) /

Presidential blockade not a good idea

If the president adopts a blockade stance vis-à-vis the new government it will not go down well with the people, Interia observes:

“Of course, the PiS can still extend its term a bit. President Andrzej Duda could give the formal winner the order to form a new cabinet, the procedures could drag on, but in the end whoever successfully forms a coalition government will take over, and the opposition can do that. Will the president block all the new government’s reforms over the next two years? In the long run, this would not pay off for him, and perhaps he dreams of creating a new centre-right. Breaking away from the PiS would be advantageous for him.”

Przemysław Szubartowicz
BBC (GB) /

Poland bucking the trend

The first projections are likely to elicit a sigh of relief across the EU, says the BBC:

“Brussels had been deeply worried about Poland’s election. Little was said in public. EU figures don’t want to be seen as interfering in national votes, but behind closed doors there was a tonne of euro-nail-biting. ... So far there is only an exit poll to go on, but Brussels is doubly delighted at the expected outcome as it apparently bucks a trend much-feared by the EU — the apparent renaissance of the Eurosceptic hard right across much of the bloc.”

Katya Adler
Corriere della Sera (IT) /

Setback for the Visegrád hardliners

Corriere della Sera is thrilled:

“Today the negotiations begin, and with them the attempts to woo newly elected MPs — an art in which old Kaczyński is considered a master. It will take days to get clarity. The counting of votes from abroad, which historically favour moderates and where twice as many ballots were cast as in 2019, will also play a big role. But whatever the outcome, as of yesterday Poland no longer has a Eurosceptic overlord. For one night at least, the Visegrád fortress and the ideological alliance with Orbán’s Hungary seem to have receded into the distance.”

Marco Imarisio
Ukrajinska Prawda (UA) /

A return to good relations

Yuri Panchenko of Ukrainska Pravda writes:

“First of all, the fact that our neighbour’s elections are over is a good thing for Ukraine. It means that the campaigning will no longer affect relations between Kyiv and Warsaw. Regardless who wins, we can hope for a compromise on the grain dispute — the Polish government has already described Kyiv’s proposals as good, but a final decision was not possible before the elections.”

Jurij Pantschenko