2019 European Parliament election in Poland

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Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Poland on 26 May 2019.

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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.

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Politico: EP election 2019 in Poland https://www.politico.eu/2019-european-elections/poland/
Wikipedia: European Parliament election in Poland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Parliament_election_in_Poland
Politico: Voters Essentials, Poland factsheet https://www.politico.eu/list/2019-elections-essentials/poland-factsheet/
Aljazeera, 15/05/2019: Before European elections, what do Poles think of the EU? https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/european-elections-poles-eu-190514205839778.html
Bloomberg, 16/05/2019: Brexit Is a Worrying Lesson for Poland https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-16/war-gaming-europe-s-next-big-political-accident
EurActiv, 17/05/2019: #EU2019 – Battle for deeply divided Poland crucial for EU elections https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/news/eu2019-battle-for-deeply-divided-poland-crucial-for-eu-elections/
Euro|Topics, 27/05/2019: Poland: a signal for the parliamentary elections? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/220613/poland-a-signal-for-the-parliamentary-elections?zitat=220543#zitat220543
EurActiv, 15/04/2019: EU country briefing: Poland https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/eu-country-briefing-poland/
Bloomberg, 22/05/2019: EU Election Is Poland’s Referendum on Nationalism https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-05-22/eu-parliament-election-is-poland-s-referendum-on-nationalism

Reuters, 29/04/2019: EU's Juncker says Poland unlikely to leave the European Union https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1S50BW
Deutsche Welle 01/05/2019: Brussels tells Poland EU is 'not a cow you can milk' https://p.dw.com/p/3Hl8Y
Deutsche Welle, 18/05/2019: 'Poland in Europe' - Donald Tusk calls for pro-EU vote at Warsaw rally https://p.dw.com/p/3Ihn2
Euronews, 16/05/2019: Polish support for EU booming despite clashes with Brussels https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/16/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 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/17/polands-pro-eu-opposition-takes-sudden-10-point-lead-church/
Politico, 26/05/2019: Poland’s PiS smashes opposition in European election vote https://www.politico.eu/article/poland-law-and-justice-pis-jaroslaw-kaczynski-wins-european-election/
Reuters, 26/05/2019: Polish nationalists win EU vote, set stage for national ballot https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1SW0TI
EurActiv, 27/05/2019: Poland’s PiS wins EU polls, braces for ‘decisive battle’ in autumn https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/polands-pis-wins-eu-polls-braces-for-decisive-battle-in-autumn/
Politico, 31/05/2019: Poland’s farmers switch loyalties to boost ruling party https://www.politico.eu/article/polands-farmers-switch-loyalties-to-boost-ruling-party-pis-law-and-justice/

europeanelections.eu: How to Vote in Poland https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/poland
Election Results.eu: National Results Poland https://election-results.eu/national-results/poland/2019-2024/

ESO Records
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/european-parliament-elections-23-26-may-2019/
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections https://www.europeansources.info/record/political-campaign-ahead-of-2019-european-parliament-elections/

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