From Poland With Love – April 

 

PART I: COVID-19 IN POLAND

 

(Some) Restrictions Lifted

After Easter, the Polish government announced its plans on how some of the restrictions introduced in response to the Covid-19 epidemic would be lifted. In the first period, parks and forest were open for the public. Bigger changes were planned for May 4th.

As part of the second stage of exiting the lockdown, Poland opened a number of facilities on the first day after the long weekend (May 1st and May 3rd are bank holidays in Poland). The list of facilities that were opened includes: Continue reading

Poland Votes Despite Corona Crisis

 

Following the Polish parliamentary elections in October 2019, some commentators believed that the re-elected ruling party PiS (Law and Justice) would modernize a little. Yet, they were disappointed. The restructuring of the state in a latently authoritarian direction is being pushed even further. The government’s worrying trend is particularly evident in the way it is trying to instrumentalise the Corona crisis for the upcoming presidential elections on 10th May. Continue reading

Voting in Times of Coronavirus 

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In an interview with Freiheit.org, our France expert Carmen Descamps explains how the low voter turnout and losses for La République en Marche came about.

Last Sunday saw the first round of the local elections in France. The elections were to be a milestone for French President Macron and the second half of his term in office. The results on 15 and 22 March were also considered to be crucial for the future of his party La République en Marche. Until the tide turned with the sudden spread of the coronavirus in France. Our France expert Carmen Descamps analyses the situation. Continue reading

Parliamentary Elections in Slovakia: Protest Party Wins, Liberals Not in Parliament 

 

The eagerly awaited parliamentary elections in Slovakia are over and their winners and losers are known. Igor Matovič, the expected new Slovakian Prime Minister, became the clear winner with his anti-corruption movement “Ordinary people and independent personalities” (OĽaNO). OĽaNO won the election with 25.02 percent. Continue reading

Parliamentary Elections in Slovakia: Between Insecurity and Hope for Change 

 

On Saturday, Slovaks will vote on their parliamentary representatives for the next four-year legislature and some observers already ascribe historical significance to the upcoming election campaign. The elections are taking place after four challenging years, which were marked above all by the murder of the journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová. The double murder triggered a series of protests against the government and numerous revelations of corruption and mafia contacts right up to the cabinet of the then Social Democratic head of government. Slovaks, whose confidence in institutions and the rule of law has been deeply shaken, are now demanding changes. However, it is difficult to predict who will form future government just a few days before the election. Continue reading

New Government in Slovenia 

 

At the end of January, Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec resigned and called for new elections in the EU member state, after his minority government had continuously failed to pass key bills in parliament. After tough coalition negotiations, right-wing conservative opposition leader Janez Janša has now succeeded in gathering a new majority of defectors from the previous coalition.
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