“What unites them is hatred: towards women, the European Union, foreigners and ecology.” Who from the Confederation entered the Sejm?
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They were supposed to “overturn the table”, but the election result was such a painful disappointment that the party leader, Sławomir Mentzen, openly spoke about the defeat moments after the end of the election silence. Ultimately, 18 Confederation MPs will sit in the Sejm, including 10 debutants. What do they have in common? Who sees the main enemy in the European Union, who spoke publicly about the need to introduce a gay register, and who declares the fight against the “Ukrainization of Poland”?
The Confederation is made up of three groups: the National Movement managed by Krzysztof Bosak, the New Hope party (until 2022 under the name KORWiN), led by Sławomir Mentzen, and the Konfederacja Korony Polskiej, headed by Grzegorz Braun. What they have in common is Euroscepticism, nationalism and a liberal approach to economic matters. What divides them? How they place emphasis: Nationalists emphasize the need to fight the influx of migrants, New Hope wants a ghost state that does not interfere in citizens’ affairs and acts as a policeman. In turn, Grzegorz Braun’s people want to entrust the fate of the country to God and honor traditional values.
The Nationalists introduced seven deputies to the Sejm. Seven Corvinists and four parliamentarians from Grzegorz Braun’s party also intend to work at Wiejska during the 10th term of the Sejm. Appetites were much greater. The Confederation was the first to present its “ones” and – as polls showed in the middle of the summer – it was confidently moving towards the third result in elections parliamentary. Their meetings with voters resembled rock star concerts, except that instead of musicians, confident politicians appeared on stage promising the listeners that they were the only alternative to the rule of Law and Justice and the Civic Platform. – We will knock over their table – shouted Sławomir Mentzen from the stage, who eagerly drank beer with the crowd.
The Confederates counted on several percent of support and over 60 parliamentary seats. Enough that – as Mentzen said – without the Confederation it would be impossible to have a majority, and therefore to govern.
At the turn of August and September, the party began to suffer from shortness of breath. Although subsequent films uploaded by the Confederation leader were very popular, and Krzysztof Bosak did well in the debate organized on TVP, polls gave them less and less support. Ultimately, 18 parliamentarians will appear in the benches at Wiejska Street. Who are they and what can we expect from them?
We present the future Confederation MPs in order – from those who won the most votes to those with the least support.
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