Polish Pro-EU Party Seeks No-Confidence Vote Against Government

  • Motion has nearly no chance of ousting Prime Minister Szydlo
  • Opposition support is rising after Poland’s isolation in EU

Poland’s largest opposition party filed for a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and her government in a bid to reassert its pro-European Union stance after its support surged in opinion polls.

The Civic Platform’s motion has practically no chance of winning because the ruling Law & Justice party controls a majority in parliament. In order to oust Szydlo in the vote, which the opposition party seeks to hold in early April, at least 231 lawmakers in the 460-seat lower house must back a candidate to replace her.

“This isn’t only about criticizing the bad Law & Justice government, but about our vision for Poland after Law & Justice,” Grzegorz Schetyna, the leader of the Civic Platform and the party’s candidate for prime minister in the vote, was cited as saying by news portal Onet.pl.

Law & Justice is backed by 29 percent of Poles, according to a March 16-17 survey by polling company IBRiS, a five percentage-point decline from a month earlier. The Civic Platform’s support surged 10 points to 27 percent.

The came after Poland was isolated in this month’s EU summit when it was outvoted by the bloc’s other 27 members to give former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who once led the Civic Platform party, another term as European Council President. It highlighted the government’s difficulties in finding compromise and showing just how far it has left Europe’s mainstream. Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski later said he would seek to reduce public support for the EU even as opinion polls show Poles overwhelmingly back membership.

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