Pole Position on election and German presidency in EU

Pole Position with commentators Agaton Koziński ("Polska The Times") and Aleksandra Rybińska ("Sieci") discussed the last phase of the presidential election campaign in Poland and the German presidency of the EU in the second half of 2020.

No candidates debate before the election

The Civic Platform (PO) candidate, Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski has decided not to participate in the town hall style debate organised by public...

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The presidential election is in the final straight with the poll due on Sunday, July 12. The run-off contest is between the incumbent President Andrzej Duda who is supported by the ruling Law and Justice, and Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw backed by the largest opposition party, the Civic Platform. The two candidates have failed to agree on which TV network should host a debate between them and in what format. A media storm has also erupted around a presidential act of mercy towards a sex offender with a tabloid newspaper owned by Axel Springer leading a press campaign against the pardon and the President accusing Germans of interference in Poland’s election.

Germany this month began the six-month term in the presidency of the European Union. During this term, the EU member states will have to make decisions on both the EU recovery fund and the multi-annual budget. The issue of whether and how to link these funds with rule of law compliance will generate controversy in both Poland and Hungary. There will also be an intense debate over how the EU’s Green Deal should be implemented. Germany in its presidency is also likely to pressure other member states to agree a joint position against the United States attempts to block its Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.