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Germ of unification
Although unification of the opposition has been discussed since 2015, the first meaningful steps in this direction were taken not so long ago – Civic Platform (EPP) and Modern (ALDE) recently agreed to nominate common candidates for voivodeship Sejmik elections and lower tier ones “wherever possible”, forming a de facto coalition for local elections.
Appeal to PSL (EPP)
Katarzyna Lubnauer, Nowoczesna’s (Modern) leader, wanted the popular party to join the project back when it was still gestating. PSL has however decided it would run in local elections alone.
Now it is an icon of Solidarity movement and former President of the Republic, Lech Wałęsa, that urges the populars to join the already formed coalition – “I appeal to PSL’s activists with a special plea”, he calls, “please, run in the election together with all others against PiS (ECR)”. As he sees it, “the interest of our Fatherland requires that”.
The populars respond
PSL’s member Miłosz Motyka replied to the plea, pointing out that “support does not add up like this”, which suggests that the party is not keen to ally. The politician assured that PSL “is working hard to gain support, rebuild what has been destroyed (national unity in particular) and improve living condition of Poles” instead.