Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Poland on 26 May 2019.
Surveys showed that the Poles are one of the most Euro-enthusiastic nations in the EU, with more than 90% of votes back its membership of the bloc. The voter turnout was 45,42% in 2019 - the highest-ever for a European election in Poland, where the turnout had been well under 30% in every vote since it became a member in 2004.
The debate over the European Parliament elections in Poland mostly focused on issues such as gay rights, the legacy of the Holocaust in Poland, and the role of the Catholic Church in public life.
PiS won 45,38% of the votes compared to 31,8% in the previous election - the strongest result yet. The opposition European Coalition, made up of the centrist Civic Platform (PO/EPP), rural conservative Polish People's Party (PSL/EPP), Democratic Left Alliance (SLD/S&D), some minor parties and notable centre-left former prime ministers, reached 38,47%. The newly established left-wing Wiosna gained 6, 06% of the votes, while no other party made it over the 5% threshold.
- Commentary and Analysis
Politico: EP election 2019 in Poland
Wikipedia: European Parliament election in Poland
Politico: Voters Essentials, Poland factsheet
Aljazeera, 15/05/2019: Before European elections, what do Poles think of the EU?
Bloomberg, 16/05/2019: Brexit Is a Worrying Lesson for Poland
EurActiv, 17/05/2019: #EU2019 – Battle for deeply divided Poland crucial for EU elections
Euro|Topics, 27/05/2019: Poland: a signal for the parliamentary elections?
EurActiv, 15/04/2019: EU country briefing: Poland
Bloomberg, 22/05/2019: EU Election Is Poland’s Referendum on Nationalism
Reuters, 29/04/2019: EU's Juncker says Poland unlikely to leave the European Union
Deutsche Welle 01/05/2019: Brussels tells Poland EU is 'not a cow you can milk'
Deutsche Welle, 18/05/2019: 'Poland in Europe' - Donald Tusk calls for pro-EU vote at Warsaw rally
Euronews, 16/05/2019: Polish support for EU booming despite clashes with Brussels
The Telegraph, 17/05/2019: Poland's pro-EU opposition takes sudden 10-point lead after Church abuse scandal
Politico, 26/05/2019: Poland’s PiS smashes opposition in European election vote
Reuters, 26/05/2019: Polish nationalists win EU vote, set stage for national ballot
EurActiv, 27/05/2019: Poland’s PiS wins EU polls, braces for ‘decisive battle’ in autumn
Politico, 31/05/2019: Poland’s farmers switch loyalties to boost ruling party
europeanelections.eu: How to Vote in Poland
Election Results.eu: National Results Poland
- ESO Records
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections