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Monthly summary of key policy developments in Poland (for June/July 2014)
The "tape scandal" resulted in no changes in the government (yet), but the support for Donald Tusk's government dropped. The main opposition party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski's PiS (Law and Justice) leads polls with 35% of support. PO (ruling Civic Platform) has only 23%. SLD (the Left) has 8% and New Right - 5%. The second coalition party, PSL, has only 4% of support - therefore wouldn't make it to the parliament if that is the result of elections.
The second result of the "tape scandal" is a consolidation of the right part of the political scene; Law and Justice finally signed the agreement with Zbigniew Ziobro's Solidarna Polska and Jaroslaw Gowin's Polska Razem. While not changing anything in polls, this move prevents the division of votes in the November local election between very similar parties. Zbigniew Ziobro was in past the very popular right-wing politician, who left PiS few years ago. Jaroslaw Gowin is the conservative liberal, former member of Civic Platform and former minister of justice in Donald Tusk's government. His economical views are completely different to those presented by Law and Justice.
The last session of parliament before summer holidays begins today. Therefore the next issue of Warsaw Insight will be published in two months. In case of important events in between, we will distribute the "alert" with a summary and analysis of the change.