13 Dec, 2023

Liberal Minister takes office in Poland

On 13 December, Nowoczesna party leader Adam Szłapka was appointed Poland’s Minister for European Affairs as a new government was sworn in.

Nowoczesna ran in October’s parliamentary elections as part of the Civic Coalition alliance of newly-appointed Prime Minister Donald Tusk, which secured a majority in the Sejm after coalition negotiations.

It means Poland sees a change from the former national-conservative government to a pro-European force with strong liberal representation.

Szłapka led the Civic Coalition to its best-ever vote share in Poznań, personally receiving 149,064 votes (25%) as its lead candidate, the third best personal result throughout Poland.

Five other Nowoczesna members, including Monika Rosa, Barbara Dolniak, Katarzyna Lubnauer, Witold Zembaczyński and Jolanta Niezgodzka have been elected to the Sejm.

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