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Polish Anti-Migrant Party Sets Sight on Parliament Majority

  • Two surveys show party with majority after Oct. 25 election
  • Party leader Kaczynski says migrants carry parasites, disease
Polish opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Polish opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Photographer: John Guillemin/Bloomberg
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Poland’s opposition Law & Justice party, which favors a tougher stance against migrants flowing into Europe, will win a parliamentary majority in the Oct. 25 general election, according to two new opinion polls.

The surveys, published on Thursday, indicate Law & Justice, also an advocate of more government control over the economy, will win between 235 and 239 seats in the nation’s 460-member lower house of parliament. Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the same day he’s aiming to gain full control of the legislature, which would allow him to push through policies to lower the retirement age, raise social spending and transform Poland’s economy into one based on “higher wages and innovation.”