Congratulations are in order for the Conservatives’ sister party in Poland, ‘Law and Justice’, after their victory in yesterday’s parliamentary elections.
This was an historic victory, as it will be the first time a single party has governed with a majority since democracy was restored to Poland in 1989. It is also the first time since the end of communism that there is no left-wing party represented in parliament. Law and Justice is projected to have received 39.1% of the vote and 242 seats.
Law and Justice is an ally of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, as a fellow member of the European Conservatives and Reformists. This group was founded in 2009 to challenge the perceived democratic deficit in the European Parliament, and to argue against those who want a federal European state.
Law and Justice’s foreign policy is Atlanticist, believing that a strong NATO is key to offsetting the ever increasing threat from a belligerent Russia. They are less supportive of European integration than their closest opposition party, Civic Platform, who sought closer ties with the EU. Law and Justice rightly believe that the European Union should
“benefit Poland and not the other way around."
The Polish President, Andrzej Duda, has made his position clear:
“The issue of sovereignty is a very basic one for us. In this aspect, I generally share the position of Prime Minister Cameron.”
We certainly hope that Law and Justice will prove to be an effective ally for David Cameron’s renegotiation, as both are opposed to ever closer union, and both agree that national sovereignty is key.
Theodora Dickinson is a student at the University of Oxford and a member of the Conservative Way Forward Organising Committee.
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