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Poland's Risky Choice

The rise of the Law & Justice Party threatens the country's growth story.
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Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Polish voters are demanding change; that much is clear from Sunday's election. They may not like the change they're about to get.

It's hard to classify Poland's new ruling Law & Justice Party -- or its leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Kaczynski's wariness about refugees aligns him with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban or French nationalist Marine Le Pen. His Euroskepticism matches that of Britain's U.K. Independence Party. His promises to hammer banks with new taxes, raise the minimum wage, ramp up social spending and assert more control over the economy are worthy of Europe's old left.