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Here’s Why Poland’s Election Might Shake Up Europe

Voters are getting ready to ditch the government, and the possible winner wants to stand up to the EU.
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It doesn’t have the euro, its economy is barely bigger than Belgium’s and its finances are in decent shape. Yet an opposition win in Poland this weekend still might send a jolt through Europe.

Elections will say a lot about how far the former communist country has come over the past eight years, but will say more about how far it still has to go to bridge the prosperity gap with western Europe.