The Polish PM, Mateusz Morawiecki, has called a confidence vote ahead of a debate on the opposition’s confidence motion after major scandals and tensions with the EU harm his authority.
With a sizeable majority the parliament is largely in the hands of his Law & Justice party and he is likely to win the vote comfortably. But his support has been fraying, with tepid results in the regionals this year and considerable anxiety from voters over ongoing tensions with the EU. The scandal around the banking regulator does him no favours either.
“Looking at the economic data and our social policy, I think we’ll be able to continue beyond our term, but I also need to confirm our majority now,” Morawiecki said. “We have a historic chance to catch up with the wealth levels of Spain and Italy. We can do it if Law & Justice remains in power.”
Despite all this, L&J appear to have dropped only 5% in polling – still some 7 points clear of their nearest rival.
According to Morawiecki, somewhat optimistically, strong growth, high levels of employment and solid wage gains are pulling Poland into the European big league. He has accused the opposition of playing politics over the EU clashes.
All this takes place against the backdrop of Brexit, which could have serious implications for the Polish economy.