Migrant crisis tops agenda in Polish election debate

Beata Szydlo, the candidate for the right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS) (Front L), said Poland should aim to deal with the flow of refugees at the sourcePoland’s divided attitudes to the European refugee crisis were laid bare during a televised debate between political candidates, ahead of a general election the conservative opposition is tipped to win. Candidates from eight parties faced off on how Poland should approach the unprecedented influx into the EU of refugees and migrants fleeing war and unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, as the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party makes significant gains in opinion polls. Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, whose centrist Civic Platform (PO) is trailing the PiS ahead of the October 25 vote, reiterated her commitment to European solidarity but stressed she would aim to reinforce the bloc’s borders.

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