Poland’s conservative ruling get together has unveiled a brand new marketing campaign advert that portrays German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in an unfavorable gentle
ByThe Related Press
September 11, 2023, 8:42 AM
WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s conservative ruling get together unveiled a brand new marketing campaign advert Monday that portrays German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in an unfavorable gentle.
The Legislation and Justice get together has ruled Poland since 2015 and is searching for to maintain energy when the nation holds an Oct. 15 parliamentary election.
Within the new marketing campaign spot, get together chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski pretends to reject a name from Scholz suggesting Poland ought to increase the retirement age, which is likely one of the subjects of a voter referendum going down similtaneously the election.
The query targets the primary opposition get together, Civic Platform and its chief, Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister and European Union president who was on good phrases with Germany. Civic Platform raised the retirement age earlier than Legislation and Justice got here to energy.
Within the spot, Kaczynski speaks right into a cellphone and tells a fake worker of the German Embassy in Warsaw: “Please apologize to the chancellor, however it is going to be the Poles who will determine the (retirement age) matter within the referendum. Tusk is not right here and these practices are over.” He pretends to hold up.
The gesture implies that Tusk adopted ideas from Germany as Poland’s prime minister and that the present nationalist authorities doesn’t come beneath outdoors influences. Legislation and Justice’s voter base contains older adults who could maintain exhausting emotions over Germany’s brutal occupation of Poland throughout World Struggle II.
It was not clear if the get together knowledgeable the German Embassy it could be featured in a unfavourable marketing campaign advert. The embassy press workplace mentioned it was not commenting on the “present inner political debate in Poland.”
“Germany and Poland, as companions within the middle of Europe, bear joint accountability for good-neighbourly relations and for a Positive trans-border and European cooperation,” the embassy press workplace mentioned in an e mail to The Related Press.
Tusk’s authorities provoked resentment in 2012 when it raised the minimal retirement age to 67, saying the pension system could be overburdened in any other case.
After it got here to energy in 2015, Legislation and Justice lowered the age to 60 for girls and 65 for males, however on the identical time inspired individuals to work longer to be eligible for larger pensions. The federal government additionally has spent closely on social packages and protection.
The upcoming referendum will ask Polish voters in the event that they favor growing the retirement age.