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Viadrina Institute for European Studies (IFES)

Winter Term 2023/24


24 January 2024

Senatssaal (HG 109), Große Scharrnstraße 59, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)

24 October 2023

13:00-14:15h (Arrival at 12:45 and lunch-boxes are welcome!)
Gräfin-Dönhoff-Gebäude, Room GD 204, Europaplatz 1, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)

In cooperation with the Viadrina Center of Polish and Ukrainian Studies
Voting in Times of Crisis and Devisions: Analyzing Polish Parliamentary Elections 2023

Roundtable-Discussion with:
Wojciech Gagatek (University of Warsaw)
Marek Prawda (Warsaw/ EUV)
Anja Hennig (IFES/ EUV)

Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast (VCPU/ EUV)

After eight years of a Law and Justice Party (PiS) led government, the 2023 elections in Poland are considered as crucial for the future of the country. In times of crisis, however, people tend not to vote for political change. Especially the far right “Konfederacja”, a potential coalition partner of PiS, tries to capitalize on the multiple crises. At the same time, recent polls reveal a growing support for the massively mobilizing, but politically divided opposition consisting of the major Civic Platform (KO), the Third Way (Trzecia Droga) and The Left (Lewica).
We will discuss voting motives in the light of the extreme polarizing election campaign, coalition building options and potential consequences for Polish politics vis-a-vis Germany and Europe. The roundtable is also part of a joint Master course from the Viadrina and the Warsaw Universities, cordially supported by the Foundation for Polish-GermanCooperation (SDPZ). 

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