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Without a Majority, Poland’s Nationalist Government Could Face an Early Vote

MIN READAug 17, 2021 | 17:37 GMT

Police stand guard in Warsaw, Poland, as demonstrators holding EU and Polish flags protest the country’s proposed media law on Aug. 10, 2021.

Police stand guard in Warsaw, Poland, as demonstrators holding EU and Polish flags protest the country’s proposed media law on Aug. 10, 2021.

(JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Poland’s ongoing political uncertainty raises the prospect of an early general election that could see pro-EU parties return to power after years of clashes between Warsaw and Brussels. On Aug. 11, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s nationalist and euroskeptic Law and Justice party, known in Poland by its acronym PiS, ended its coalition with the small Accord party amid disagreements over a controversial media reform. While the lower chamber of parliament, the Sejm, passed the law with support from lawmakers from other parties on Aug. 12, PiS and the remaining members of the government alliance no longer control a majority in the chamber. Poland’s Senate, where the government also lacks a majority, will vote on the bill in September. ...

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