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Poland’s New President May Boost Relations With Hungary, Expert Claims

Tamás Székely 2015.05.27.

Relations between Hungary and Poland may improve with the election of Andrzej Duda, of the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party, as the Polish president, foreign affairs expert and historian Miklós Mitrovits told state news agency MTI. Andrzej Duda’s victory came as a surprise, and the Polish general election in the autumn could make for a double victory for the party if it is able to form government, Mitrovits said.

Poland’s new President is a conservative eurosceptic who is against in-vitro fertilisation, laxer abortion laws and same-sex marriage, Miklós Mitrovits said, adding that he is expected to keep strong ties between the church and the state and take the stand on symbolic national issues on the international arena. Andrzej Duda’s PiS pursues as pro-Atlantic foreign policy, so not much is expected to change there, but it is more pro-United States and pro-NATO than pro-EU, he said.

While the ruling Civic Platform (PO), former president Bronislaw Komorowski’s party, has openly criticised Hungary for its relationship with Russia, and was also critical of Hungary’s domestic and economic direction, PiS has cited Hungary as an economic example to follow, the expert said, adding that this could bring changes for Hungarian-Polish relations after the new president is sworn in. If PiS wins in the autumn, nurturing of the traditional Hungarian-Polish friendship could come more into focus, Mitrovics noted.

via hungarymatters.hu, MTI photo: orientpress.hu