April 07, 2017
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s main opposition leader has accused the government of cutting the nation’s ties with the Western world and leading it toward “dictatorship” and “bolshevism.” Grzegorz Schetyna was speaking in parliament Friday in a debate ahead of a vote assessing the populist government that was requested by his pro-Western party, Civic Platform. The vote is planned for later Friday. It could potentially overturn the government but is expected to fail given the ruling party’s majority in parliament.
The Law and Justice government is under strong criticism from European Union leaders who say it is undermining Poland’s rule of law and democracy. Schetyna said it was taking the course of “dictatorial Russia.”
The ruling party leader and mastermind of the government’s policy, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, argued Poland needed deep change after Civic Platform rule.