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Polish Briefing 3 June, 2019 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: Lack of success of the far-right is good news for Ukraine

What goes on in Poland on the 3rd of June.

Pełczyńska-Nałęcz: Lack of success of the far-right is good news for Ukraine

The pro-Russian right-wing forces increased their state of possession, but less than expected. This is good news looking through prism of Ukrainian interests – said Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz from the Stefan Batory Foundation at the Poland-Ukraine Forum.

– The European Parliament itself is not the most important body that can decide at the current stage of Nord Stream 2 project, but the results of these elections pose a question mark. The most significant is what the arrangement between the European Commission and the European Council will be, and for the time being we do not know that. We also do not know what will be the balance of power on the German political scene. The Greens who have received unprecedented high result are opposed to Nord Stream 2, while social democrats, which has had unclear relations with Putin’s Russia for many years, has obtained an unprecedented low result in this elections – told Pełczyńska-Nałęcz.

– This may change the German debate on this project, but generally in the European Parliament is a very high correlation between being a radical Right Wing and sympathy for Russia. This does not relate to Poland, but Hungary, Germany and Italy, where right-wing parties are openly pro-Russian forces. If these parties exceeded the threshold of 30 percent in the European Parliament, it would be a wake-up call for Ukraine, and it did not happen. These forces have increased their state of possession, but less than it was expected. This is good news looking through the prism of Ukrainian interests – added the expert.