Poland’s Populist President Duda Edges Euro-Centric Challenger Trzaskowski, Earns Second Term

Polish President Andrzej Duda declared victory Monday in a runoff election in which he narrowly won a second five-year term, acknowledging the campaign he ran was often too harsh as he appealed for unity and forgiveness.

The close race followed a bitter campaign between Duda and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski that was dominated by cultural issues. The government, state media and the influential Roman Catholic Church all mobilized in support of Duda and sought to stoke anti-Semitism, homophobia and xenophobia in order to shore up conservative support.

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Exit Polls Show Poland’s Populist Duda Leading in Presidential Runoff

A late exit poll for Poland’s presidential runoff Sunday showed the conservative, populist incumbent, Andrzej Duda, leading against the liberal, pro-Europe mayor of Warsaw, but with the race still too close to call.

It appeared to be the closest election in Poland’s history, reflecting the deep divisions in this European Union nation.

The exit poll by the Ipsos institute showed Duda with 50.8% of the vote and challenger Rafal Trzaskowski with 49.2%. An earlier exit poll had showed Duda with 50.4% and Trzaskowski 49.6%. The polls had margins for error of plus-or-minus 1 percentage point and 2 points, respectively.

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US Missile Defense System Intercepts Medium-Range Missile in Test

The U.S. military said it successfully tested a key missile defense system on Friday, in a milestone that experts say shows a growing U.S. capability to knock down an incoming, medium-range missile from countries like North Korea and Iran. The Aegis system used in the latest test was fitted with…

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NATO Countries’ Spending Record Improves as President Trump Heads to Annual Summit

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Reuters   President Trump is poised to demand again that Europe and Canada raise defense spending at a two-day NATO summit in Brussels from Wednesday, even as billions more dollars are being pledged for allied militaries. NATO agreed in 2014 that each member state would boost military spending to 2…

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Polish Interior Minister: Uncontrolled Migration a ‘Noose Around Europe’s Neck’

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak blasted the E.U.’s migration policies on Wednesday in the wake of a string of radical Islamic terror attacks across the Europe. “Paris, Stockholm, Brussels, Berlin, Manchester, Barcelona,” Blaszczak’s statement read. “How many more European cities have to be hit by terrorists so the European Union…

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Commentary: Trump Joins Churchill And Reagan With Warsaw Speech

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by George Rasley, ConservativeHQ.com Editor   President Donald Trump’s July 6 speech in Warsaw, Poland was a landmark in his presidency, and perhaps the best speech delivered by an American President since Ronald Reagan left office. President Trump eloquently evoked the spirit of Poland’s brave fight against Communism and Nazism…

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