Poland’s ruling populists have been given free rein in their mission to reshape the country after liberal hopes of taking the presidency were crushed in a narrow defeat following a divisive campaign.
The incumbent president, Andrzej Duda, was elected for another five-year term as a familiar set of demographic divisions played out in the vote. Poles under 50 and those living in larger towns and cities backed the liberal challenger, Rafał Trzaskowski, while older and rural voters stood by Duda.
This is democracy. The majority gets to decide. This is bad of course, it’s populism.
But that demand for a democratically controlled economy is the same thing. That the majority get to decide. Which isn’t populism and therefore isn’t bad.
For some reason.