Political parties in Poland are pledging to spend big to entice voters ahead of the national election in October. But can a faltering economy afford a splurge on handouts?
This is the first parliamentary election since the end of communism in 1989, where Poland is facing an economy in retreat, albeit only a bit. However, the stuttering economy hasn’t deterred political parties from making ambitious spending promises ahead of the vote on October 15.
This has left many Poles wondering if their country, which has become one of the largest economies in the European Union over the past three decades, can afford to pay for the promised handouts.
Opinion polls show the ruling populist Law and Justice (PiS) and its allies ahead of the main opposition grouping, the center-right Civic Platform (PO), led by former European Council President Donald Tusk.