Elections in Poland, Hungary deliver split decision

Elections in Poland, Hungary deliver split decision

by CHRISTOPHER C. HULL

PiS notched nearly 44 percent of votes cast, the highest percentage since democracy was restored in 1989. Results, with 99 percent of voting districts released Oct. 14, suggest PiS will increase its majority in the 460-seat Diet, or lower house, to 239 members from the 231 they had before the election. The party gained 2 million extra voters.

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In defense of Poland's ruling party

In defense of Poland's ruling party

by AGNIESZKA KOLAKOWSKA

Why are so many in Brussels and the United States intent on making Poles the bad guys of Europe?…

Poland is far too often portrayed as a country without due process, without democracy or free speech, and without a free press. It’s described as suffering under censorship, corruption and nepotism, under the yoke of a far-right government.

None of this is true.

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How Poland's ruling party won the internet

How Poland's ruling party won the internet

by ZOSIA WANAT

WARSAW — Jarosław Kaczyński, the 70-year-old leader of Poland’s ruling party and the country’s most powerful politician, has no social media account. His nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party’s base is more TV-watchers than Instagrammers.

Nevertheless, less than two weeks before the October 13 election, Poland's opposition parties have failed to keep up with the ruling party’s online campaign, say critics.

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