Andrzej Duda (Born 16 May 1972) is the fifth President of Poland in eastern Europe. He is a member of the pro-Christian, pro-free market, pro-traditional marriage Law and Justice Party, which controlled the Presidency from 2005–2010 and would have done so longer had popular President Lech Kaczyński not been killed in a suspicious plane crash in Russia. He defeated the liberal President Bronisław Komorowski on May 25, 2015 in a runoff election to become the fifth President-elect of Poland since 1990, in a result which, along with smashing Conservative victories in the UK, likely heralds the decline of liberalism both in Poland and in Europe as a whole.
Duda, as a member of the Law and Justice Party, represents the conservative and Christian views within Polish politics, supporting free market principles, reducing tax rates, ending government corruption, strengthening national defense, promoting and protecting traditional marriage, restricting abortion, and preventing Communists and former members of the oppressive Stalinist regime that was imposed on Poland from 1945-1989 from serving openly in positions of authority.
Duda is skeptical of mass migration and opposes European Union attempts to force Poland to accept refugees. He has stated that "there is no doubt the growing wave of terrorism is linked to migration."
In 2018, Duda proposed holding several referendums on numerous topics, including whether Polish law superseded "international law", on emphasizing Poland's Christian heritage in the constitution, and whether Poland should remain a member of the EU.
Importance of 2015 election
Duda's election as President, coupled with a smashing Conservative Party victory in the United Kingdom, signaled a decline in liberal power across Europe. Many countries, such as Italy, Hungary, Austria, and the United States, followed Poland in holding elections in which conservative and nationalist forces defeated liberal and establishment parties.
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