EP elections may change power balance in Europe: ruling party leader

Ruling Law and Justice party leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, told Polish Radio that EU Parliament might see changes in alliances following this weekend’s elections.

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“The so-called Christian Democrats (European People’s Party - ed.], because that’s how they should be labelled, and Socialists [Party of European Socialists - ed.] made an alliance which has been deciding on everything,” Mr Kaczyński said. “It can be different now.”

In his opinion, some members in the European People’s Party (EPP) are considering a different alliance, with European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR). The latter, currently a third force in the European Parliament, is a party which includes Law and Justice MEPs.

Mr Kaczyński said that a shift in the balance of power in the European Parliament would also have a significant impact on Poland. The ECR gaining influence the EP’s decision-making could, according to Mr Kaczyński, weaken the criticism the current government receives from the EU for its policies.