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Confederation Party Rises in Poland Amidst Controversial Views and Policies



Poland's Confederation party, known for its hard-right stance, is gaining traction, particularly among young male voters disenchanted with long-standing political entities. The party kicked off its electoral campaign with a grand spectacle, aiming to amass voter support while mitigating concerns over extremism within its ranks.

Pushing an agenda of reduced taxes, deregulation, and opposition to both the European Union and Ukraine, the party is capitalizing on a broader European shift towards conservative nationalism. This trend is driven in part by public backlash against COVID-19 restrictions and immigration.

Although previously capturing nearly 7% of the vote, recent polls had suggested a rise to around 15%, positioning Confederation as a potential third major force in Polish politics. However, the party's leaders disavow any intention to align with existing powers, presenting themselves as a disruptive force intent on upending the status quo.

The party’s influence has been particularly pronounced in altering Poland’s stance towards Ukraine. A surge in Confederation's popularity coincided with their critique of the perceived ingratitude from Kyiv, despite Poland's military and humanitarian support. The party capitalized on agricultural trade imbalances to rally support for a harder stance against Ukraine.

As the Polish government adopted a tougher line, including a ban on Ukrainian grain imports, Confederation's poll numbers have since declined, suggesting a reactive shift in public sentiment influenced by the party's positions.

Founded in 2018, Confederation combines radical nationalism with free-market libertarianism. Despite advocating for reduced social spending and regulations, the party faces scrutiny over controversial statements from its members, notably anti-Semitic, anti-LGBTQ+, and extreme nationalist sentiments. Such statements, including those from prominent party figures, have garnered both criticism and support.

As the party attempts to navigate between its extreme elements and broader appeal, it underscores its economic policies, attracting entrepreneurs and individuals who feel sidelined by the current social welfare programs. The challenge remains to balance these economic stances with the controversial social and political views held by some of its prominent members.

In a nation where extremist views are relatively marginalized, Confederation’s potential electoral success hinges on its ability to moderate its image while retaining its core support base. The party is on a path of image refinement, exemplified by its grand electoral campaign launch, aiming to showcase a more polished and mainstream face to a broader electorate.

Even as it grapples with controversies, Confederation's influence is palpable, evidencing a dynamic and contentious political landscape in Poland, marked by debates over national identity, economic policy, and international relations.



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Unknown member
Oct 02, 2023

As a Pole, I can say that they always get around 10-15% in the polls (these are mostly online polls), because they have very loud and motivated online presence, and Konfederacja is just their most recent name, every few years they change their face, yet people stay the same for years, though when it comes to elections, they always barely get over the percentage bar and never get any power of consequence. They are a disgrace to our country, even if they get 5-7% representation in our Parliment.

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Unknown member
Sep 28, 2023

As ever the right seizes on any crumbs to push it's, agenda to those on the fringes apparently disenchanted with the mainstream, this set's a dangerous precedent, it appears certain elements in society never learn from past historical mistakes.

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Unknown member
Sep 28, 2023

I didn't know where to comment but don't feel so bad about violent videos. Most of us who have seen it live understand. It certainly didn't bother me to watch. It's the price of war. Don't stop showing the truth. Stay strong.

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Unknown member
Sep 28, 2023
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He has said that he doesn’t mind it, but it shouldn’t be a major part of the clip. Watching a soldier in agony and slowly withering away don’t add any tactical value to the clip.

And I can see why he feels iffy about seeing and having other soldier’s suffering on a video, him being veteran and all. It’s the reality, but it should still make you uncomfortable seeing it on the internet.

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