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Europe Europe's populist shift upends a Polish election

By tapping into a growing rejection of the status quo, former punk rocker Pawel Kukiz has thrown Poland's presidential race into uncertainty – without even being on today's ballot.

Kornelia Glowacka-Wolf/Agencj­a Gazeta/Reuters

Poland has been one of the rare success stories in Europe. Over a decade since it joined the European Union, its economy continues to grow and its weight on the world stage with it. Everything from education standards to gender equality have improved. Many Poles, unlike peers in other European nations, can say that life has never been better.