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11.10.2023

Monika Sus provides expert insight to policymakers and public on upcoming Polish election

Through interviews, trainings, and debates around Europe, Visiting Professor Monika Sus sheds light on the Polish political situation.

On October 15, Polish voters will decide in what Professor Sus describes as “the most important elections in the history of democratic Poland”. In the weeks leading up the election, Professor Sus has been a highly sought-after expert speaker across Europe, providing closed-door trainings to policymakers, contributions to panel discussions, and election analyses in the press.

In the media, Professor Sus was interviewed by RTV SLO (Slovenia’s national broadcasting company) and EURACTIV, and published Polonia al borde del abismo [Poland on the edge of the abyss] in Spain’s Política Exterior. In Germany, she delivered a guest lecture at the University of Cologne organised by the Europa Union Köln and was one of three discussants in the panel discussion Polen vor der Entscheidung: Was bedeutet die Wahl für Europa?, co-organised by eight German think tanks and research institutions. In the United Kingdom, Professor Sus taught a masterclass in a series on Central Europe to staffers at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and at the Warsaw Security Forum 2023, she discussed the future of Polish-German cooperation on a panel with parliamentarians from both countries.

In these appearances, Professor Sus has explained how much is at stake in this election in terms of Polish democratic values, foreign policy, and even security. She has outlined different coalition outcomes, commented on the likelihood of these outcomes, and identified common threads between these scenarios, including the difficulty of governing such a polarised country for any new government, the long and uncertain road both major parties face toward achieving bold election promises, the lasting damage likely done by emotionally-charged election rhetoric about Germany and the European Union among other topics, and the necessity of finding a way to work with and get through to Poland no matter the outcome.

After the election, Professor Sus will continue to provide analysis and interpretation of the results. She will speak at the European Policy Centre’s post-election event on October 16, will be interviewed as a guest on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' podcast Deep Dish on Global Affairs on October 17, and will discuss the meaning of the results for Ukraine and European democracy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on October 19. With Poland holding a pivotal position for European cooperation and security, breaking down this week’s election is critical; as Professor Sus explains, the outcome “will have important implications not only for the future of the country, but for the future of the entire European project”.

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More about the expert

  • Monika Sus, Senior Researcher, Centre for International Security