Poland election: Can late president Kaczynski's twin brother pull off an upset?
Parliament speaker and acting president Bronislaw Komorowski is expected to win the first round of the Poland election on Sunday, but.Jaroslaw Kaczynski has been rising in the polls.
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Warsaw’s long-strained relations with Moscow have improved since the accident, and Russian and Polish authorities have engaged in close cooperation on investigating the plane crash. However, the recent deployment of US MIM-104 Patriot missile launchers in the military base of Morag, northern Poland, has created a new row between Poland and its former master.Skip to next paragraph
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"Even if the Smolensk tragedy did warm up Poland’s relations with Russia, it hasn’t changed the often contradictory interests of the two states,” says Jan Filip Stanilko, a political analyst with the Sobieski Institute, a conservative think tank.
The Sunday vote is expected to be a clear sign as to whether Poles want their country to engage deeper in the European Union and eventually adopt the euro as its currency, or, on the contrary, impede the push towards European integration.
Mr. Kaczynski’s eurosceptic PiS party is the UK Conservatives' key ally from their European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament.
On the other side of the political scene, Mr. Komorowski’s PO is a member of the pro-federalist European People’s Party grouping, where it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).
A former communist country, Poland joined the NATO in 1999 and has been a European Union member state since 2004.
"No matter which candidate wins the election, the president and the government will have no other choice than to work closely together. Ensuring that the Polish economy is managing to withstand the turbulence in the Eurozone is an absolute priority,” argues Mr. Stanilko.
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