WARSAW – Two separate presidential “debates”

As the staff of both presidential candidates – incumbent president Andrzej Duda and liberal Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski – were unable to organise a joint debate before the run-off election scheduled for 12 July, both were questioned separately in two different locations.

Duda participated in a “town hall”-style debate organised in Końskie, a small town in central Poland, by public broadcaster TVP, which Reporters Without Borders previously criticised for “spreading government hate speech in the presidential campaign.”

During the debate, the current president answered questions about social spending, youth policies and freedom of speech, while at the same time he made the claim that vaccinations should not be mandatory. 

Trzaskowski, for his part, took questions from the media (both right and left-wing) in another small town known as Leszno. Trzaskowski spoke about healthcare, climate change and the need to fix relations with the EU.

Latest polls predict a very tight race as both candidates are polling at around 47% and about 6% of the voters remain undecided. (Łukasz Gadzała | EURACTIV.pl)

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