Spring party leader proposes broad left-wing alliance

Robert Biedroń, the head of the Spring party, invited various parties and organisation to join forces ahead of parliamentary elections this October.

“I’ve got a message today, good news, that Spring would like to invite everyone who dreams of a Poland which is modern, progressive, without exclusion, Poland that leaves no one behind, but also leaves no one aside,” said Mr Biedroń during a press conference on Saturday.

“Spring would like to invite everyone: political parties, NGOs, local-level politicians, who would like to build a force and an alliance for the future of a progressive Poland,” he added. “I hope that a third force, in the form of progressive coalition or an alliance of progressive forces will be created in the upcoming weeks.”

For this to happen, the party invited the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), Barbara Nowacka, Labour Union party (UP), Polish Socialist Party (PPS), the Feminist Initiative (IF), the Green Party, Razem party, and “everyone who would like to join forces,” to sit together at the table and begin talks about a new force.

Mr Biedroń also announced that his party is open to an even broader coalition of opposition parties, but only for the Senate elections. Spring would then run together with Civic Coalition (KO), which is ideologically closer to it than the ruling Law and Justice (PiS).

This is somewhat of a change of stance since Mr Biedroń strongly emphasised his party would not join a coalition built around the main opposition party, the Civic Platform (PO), neither for the European Parliament nor the Polish Parliament elections slated for autumn this year.

The change may be due to the fact that Senate uses a different voting system, giving Spring no realistic chances of winning seats there. Senate elections use single-member constituencies, while the Sejm uses party-list proportional representation.

The Spring party was created in January this year. It received six percent of the votes in European Parliament elections this May, becoming the third political force in Poland. It maintains a social democratic program, with emphasis on anticlericalism and LGBT rights.