Image Credit: above: Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 18, 2020, Krzysztof Bozak wins the Confederation Party’s nomination congress to be their candidate for President of the Republic of Poland

A New Right Arises in Poland

The year 2019 was an eventful one in Polish politics. Out of a boring and meaningless dispute between two wings of Polish liberalism, there arose a new political force determined to shake up Poland’s political culture. Eleven MPs from the new Confederation Party appeared in the Polish Parliament, the Sejm, after last October’s parliamentary elections. This development came as a shock to many in Poland, as well as abroad. The new Israeli ambassador to Poland, Alexander Ben Zvi, was quick to warn that “the views of individual members” of Confederation are a “problem.” It’s worth pointing out that the Israeli ambassador was the only member of the diplomatic corps in Poland to voice such an objection.

Why the outrage? What makes Confederation so different from the supposedly staunchly conservative and nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS), which has governed Poland with a majority in the Sejm since 2015?

What clearly distinguishes the Confederation Party from the other parties on the right that existed before its creation is a willingness and indeed eagerness to confront American political and cultural influence and the leftist cultural politics of the EU. Confederation politicians have questioned American plans to set up missiles in Poland as a deterrent against possible Russian aggression. They are disinclined to become either a pawn or a shooting gallery in a confrontation between...

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