Pole Position on Duda Trump meeting and culture wars

Is LGBT an ideology? Why is the debate over LGBT rights so prominent in Poland’s presidential election campaign? And why is President Duda visiting President Trump just a few days before the Polish presidential election?

Pole Position with Łukasz Warzecha and Agaton Koziński looks at the forthcoming meeting between presidents Duda and Trump and the debate on whether LGBT is an ideology.

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President Andrzej Duda is going to Washington to meet President Trump. The meeting is to take place just a few days before the first round of the presidential election in Poland. President Trump faces his voters in November. The key issue that will be discussed in their meeting is the US relocating its troops after withdrawal of nearly ten thousand of them from Germany. Poland is keen to have more US troops on its soil, but does not want the US to reduce its overall presence in Europe. Russia is categorically opposed to any more US troops coming near its borders. Germany’s ruling party is opposed to the US move, whilst its coalition partner is much more relaxed.

President Andrzej Duda, while campaigning for reelection, has said that LGBT is an ideology, rather than just a category of people. He declared that he respects all people but that he will not condone what he calls indoctrination. That was a reference to LGBT sex education for children which he has pledged to oppose. The Polish President argued that this was an attempt at indoctrination similar to that experienced by Poland in communist times. His main challenger, the mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski, has signed a LGBT charter committing the city to LGBT sex education in schools. Mr Trzaskowski has also intimated in a past TV interview that he would be happy to be the first Warsaw mayor to marry a same sex couple.