Following the political changes in Poland, Europe is among the main areas of conflict between the incoming government and the President, Lech Kaczynski. They will be sharing power. The pro-Europe head of last week’s election-winning Civic Platform Party, Donald Tusk, says he is eagerly looking forward to visiting Brussels, Paris and Berlin.
In contrast, however, the Conservative eurosceptic Kaczynski says he is worried about the centre-right Civic Platform’s plans to sign up to the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. The president and his twin brother, defeated outgoing Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, reluctantly agreed to a new EU reform treaty this mid-October but, along with Britain, they negotiated an opt-out from the charter.
The Kaczynskis argue the charter threatens Polish national identity. They are afraid the charter – guaranteeing all citizens rights – would make it easier to legalise homosexual marriage or ease anti-abortion laws in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.
The Civic Platform, an advocate of free-market reforms, is also keen on taking Poland into the euro zone by 2012. The Kaczynskis and their Law and Justice party have so far been sceptical about adopting the common currency.