Die Welt: Thanks to Law and Justice Poles benefit from prosperity
Analyzing the pre-election environment in Poland, German daily "Die Welt" writes that the extensive social welfare programmes of the ruling Law and Justice party are gaining wide-spread support and consequently the party will announce further benefits.
The conservative newspaper reported on Tuesday: "Generous social programmes have cemented the power of the ruling party Law and Justice.
“Child benefits in particular have been well-received.
“Before the election, the national-conservative group is therefore expanding its social programs even more."
Journalist Philipp Fritz, points out that critics who predicted bankruptcy would follow the introduction of the 500+ programme (financial support for families with children) have now fallen silent.
The additional funds fuelled consumption, the economy is growing and wages are rising.
"Poland is now experiencing an economic miracle and it seems that it is the national-conservatives who ensure the widespread use of prosperity by the general public. Not post-communists or the liberal-conservative Civic Platform," says the Berlin newspaper.
Philipp Fritz notes, that at least for now there are no negative consequences of the generous social policy for Poland.
The ruling party therefore feels motivated to implement further projects in this field: the minimum wage is to increase, and young workers are to receive tax exemptions.
According to “Die Welt”: "In this way, Law and Justice wants to attract more groups of voters to its side and keep the majority in the Sejm [lower chamber of the Parliament].
“It seems that the plan is working: with 45% support, Law and Justice is clearly ahead of other parties.
“The largest opposition party Civil Platform is running in the elections on one list with other groups in the so-called Citizens' Coalition reaching 26 per cent.”
According to the newspaper, the narrative of the opposition about the destruction of democracy in Poland or the alleged economic catastrophe isn’t enough to turn the loyalties of most Poles, who are more focused on the benefits they are receiving.
Especially since the statistics and the general mood of the public says something completely opposite about the situation in the country - sums up the newspaper.