PiS for Beginners
The Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) ‘Law and Justice’ party was founded in 2001 by the Kaczyński twins, Lech and Jarosław. It is currently led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, with both the President, Andrzej Duda, and the incoming Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, being members of the party. Politically PiS is a curious blend of conservative right-wing social policies and left-wing economics. The party and membership is mildly Euro-sceptic and opposes the adoption of the euro currency. It is patriotic, pro-Catholic, and anti-immigration. It is also against gay marriage and abortion. They plan to introduce new taxes on banks and large supermarkets, such as Tesco, to fund more social welfare for the poor and a lower retirement age.
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