Civic Platform, Modern join forces ahead of parliamentary elections

Poland’s opposition Civic Platform (PO) leader Grzegorz Schetyna announced on Saturday that his party will join forces with Modern (N) party to form a united parliamentary caucus despite losing to the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party in the European elections.

“Together with the National Council of Modern, we have decided to create a joint parliamentary caucus and to tighten the cooperation between our structures,” said Mr Schetyna.

“There is no turning back from this road, only in unity there’s power,” said Mr Schetyna adding that “the outcomes of the EP elections are not the way we would like them to be… It is time… to show our mettle; for as long as we stand arm in arm, as long as we do not go our separate ways, we cannot be beaten.”

The opposition European Coalition came second in the European elections, with 38.47 percent, winning 22 seats in the EP.

Opposition to tour Poland

Mr Schetyna announced that the coalition will start touring Poland in June. “We will be visiting municipalities and districts… especially those places where people did not trust us. We will hear their opinions with respect and we will try to convince them. If we haven’t convinced them so far it implies we must try harder now,” said Mr Schetyna.

“I guarantee you unity. The coalition is and will remain, there is no alternative to the united opposition,” said Mr Schetyna, evoking the European Council head Donald Tusk’s words which equated the opposition’s current political struggle for power with the events of 1989 when Solidarity pulled off a stunning victory in the first partially free Polish parliamentary elections.

Mr Schetyna also said that “whatever has been given will not be taken away, however, the state also has other tasks” to fulfil, such as improving the life-saving efficiency of Hospital A and E units, improving the accessibility of medical specialists, child education and looking after their future.