Mateusz Morawiecki argues that PiS’s ideas are consistent with the ideas of the democratic opposition. Szymon Hołownia claims that he did not call him or Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz. Opposition politicians (still) talk to each other a lot because there are still differences of opinion.
Trzecia Droga is a formation with which Mateusz Morawiecki – as he claims – could form a coalition. However, as Szymon Hołownia assures, the Prime Minister did not contact him on this matter. – I talked to Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz. He didn’t tell me anything about anyone calling either. It turns out that Mateusz Morawiecki is probably talking to himself – says Hołownia. The Prime Minister argues that he is conducting the negotiations, but prefers to protect the names of his interlocutors. He praised the electoral programs of potential coalition partners and announced that he had a special offer for them. – Our program proposals of Law and Justice are consistent with the program proposals of PSL, Poland 2050, Confederation, and even the Left, emphasized Morawiecki.
The Prime Minister says this after PiS has rejected virtually all opposition proposals and draft laws for 8 years. Now – as part of the decalogue of Polish affairs – he puts their demands on the table and tries to convince that PiS will support them this time. – I am not presenting here ideas for the third term of office of Law and Justice. This is an idea for the first term of the coalition of Polish affairs, emphasizes Mateusz Morawiecki. – Mateusz Morawiecki tells fairy tales, even nonsense, and nonsense, because he did not even make a single phone call, and even then you could have told the Prime Minister directly who we want to form a government with – comments Miłosz Motyka, spokesman for PSL.
Differences of opinion on the opposition side
At the same time, Donald Tusk meets with further candidates for ministers in his coalition government. Andrzej Domański, mentioned as a potential candidate for Minister of Finance, announces what and how Tusk’s government will do with their election promises. – 30 percent raise for teachers. Including for academic teachers – assures Domański and adds that grandma’s proposal is still on the table. There is agreement on this issue throughout the coalition.
However, there are demands and program proposals that were not included in the coalition agreement and which differ between the future coalition partners when it comes to details. These include a return to commercial Sundays, zero credit, a tax-free amount of up to PLN 60,000 and two projects proposed by PiS, i.e. the extension of credit holidays and zero VAT on food for another year. – I am of the opinion that VAT should return to 5 percent. The Polish tax system is based largely on VAT – emphasizes Domański. – For now, do not increase or maintain these restrictions on energy prices, at least for six months – says Dariusz Wieczorek, MP from the New Left.
The future coalition will also discuss the return to shopping Sundays – this is the Civic Coalition’s demand. – A good opportunity to talk about a new social compromise. One, maybe two shopping Sundays a month – argues Paulina Hennig-Kloska, MP from Poland 2050, Third Way. – The Left would like to free some Sundays, but for the employee to receive 250 percent of the salary – adds Krzysztof Gawkowski, MP of the New Left.
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