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Still divided? Poland under new management

March 16, 2024

Poland may have succeeded in voting out a right-wing populist government, but has society really come together?


From the exclusion of LGBTQ+ people to bans on abortion and the firing of journalists critical of the government: eight years of rule by the Law and Justice Party saw Poland drifting ever further from democracy.

How do Polish people feel about the recent political change? What do they expect from their new, pro-European government?

DW spoke with Poles of different ages in both urban and rural areas, including supporters and opponents of the former ruling party, gathering a range of perspectives on the hopes and fears of the Polish people. A report by Axel Rowohlt.

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