Don’t Be Scared of Poland
WARSAW — The Law and Justice Party (PiS) overwhelmingly won this weekend’s parliamentary election in Poland. It’s now official that PiS will be the first party to have an absolute majority in Poland since 1989. This will have important consequences for Poland’s security and defense policy, Poland’s strategy within the EU, and Poland’s relations with neighbors, and key allies including U.S. or Germany.
The initial alarmist reactions of some Western press to PiS victory are exaggerated. The new government is not going to marginalize Poland within the EU or start an unnecessary fight with Germany or other allies. Western observers would do best to take a deep breath, focus on the content of the new foreign policy, and pay attention to the personalities in the emerging government, especially the foreign minister and the minister of defense once named, who will communicate the tone of the new government to partners and allies.