Poland’s Law and Justice, a rightwing eurosceptic party, is likely to oust the ruling pro-EU Civic Platform in parliamentary elections scheduled this Sunday, further evidence that anti-liberal, anti-EU and anti-immigrant movements are gaining momentum in Europe.
Like Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, France’s Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders, the Law and Justice leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, a former prime minister, has a track record of inciting xenophobia, sees the EU as a threat to national identity and wears his scorn for “political correctness” with pride.
Kaczyński has claimed that Muslim immigrants have “imposed Sharia law in parts of Sweden”, “occupy churches in Italy only to treat them like toilets” and “engage in constant trouble-making” in France, Germany and the UK. He has warned that migrants currently arriving in Europe could cause “epidemics” as they may have “various parasites and protozoa, which don’t affect their organisms, but which could be dangerous here”. Some of his critics have drawn parallels between these comments and Nazi propaganda, which portrayed Jews as carriers of lice and typhus. But Kaczyński brushes off the accusations as “political correctness”.