The studio audience had their winner, and political analysts agreed that the opposition easily won the latest tv debate in Poland’s election campaign. Donald Tusk, from the pro-business Civic Platform, attacked Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski from the off.
Tusk took his opponent to task, over broken promises on new homes for Poland’s poor, and Warsaw’s sorry relations with neighbour Germany. He accused the government of economic policies which forced many young Poles to seek work abroad, and demanded to know when Polish soldiers would return from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Looking ill-at-ease throughout the debate, the Prime Minister responded that Poland had joined the war on terror, and would not desert the cause. The election looms next weekend; polls say Kaczynski’s Law and Justice Party is neck and neck with Tusk’s Civic Platform, with the other parties trailing far behind.