Elections in Poland: Why is the Law and Justice Party still popular?

Kursnummer: 19519

The right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) Party is expected to repeat electoral success in the coming elections, despite scandals and the EU displeasure over its migration policy and disrespect for the rule of law.

Europe 2019: Avoiding electoral surprises
Part 19: Elections in Poland: Why is the Law and Justice Party still popular?

When:  Monday, 7 October, from 9:30 to 12:30
Where: Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstrasse 35, 1010 Vienna
Seminar language: English
Registration deadline:  5 October 2019

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Cooperation project: forum journalismus und medien and the European Commission Representation in Austria.


According to the latest polls, PiS is currently leading with 45% over the European Coalition (PO/EPP), despite being tarnished by local political scandals and an ongoing row with Brussels over the rule of law and migration“, states the e-journal Euractiv.

What is the appeal of the Law and Justice (PiS) party? Its policies and conservative values have divided the Polish society, promoted hatred against migrants and the LGBT population, while its policies regarding courts, media, interpretation of history, to mention a few examples, have raised concerns both in Poland and in the EU. Why has the opposition failed to win more hearts and minds? Which are the current electoral issues that matter to the Polish voters? What type of society PiS envisions? What does the opposition propose?

Journalist and political analyst Karolina Zbytniewska will explore the current political situation in Poland, analysing the narratives offered by the governing party and how they translate into the popular support.

Gender expert Małgorzata Druciarek will explore political interpretations of gender, women’s issues, LGBT rights and the role of the Catholic Church in shaping social values.


Karolina Zbytniewska, editor-in-chief of the e-journal Euractiv Poland, Warsaw.

Małgorzata Druciarek, Head of Gender Equality Observatory at the Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw.


Presentations, Q&A, dialogue

Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian and Austria-based media, foreign and national news desks.

Number of participants: Maximum 15


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Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager, mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at, or call 0676 365 26 93

Mirjana Tomić develops and manages fjum_Kontext information sessions on current international affairs. Her international career encompasses journalism, media and political analyses, public outreach and university lecturing. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Brandeis University, US, and an MA from El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico.

07.10.201909:30 - 12:30
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Karolina Zbytniewska, Małgorzata Druciarek
Haus der EU
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien