After a long time of being either ignored or seen as a Western luxury topic, the state of the environment has begun to occupy a broad space in Polish public debate. I am convinced that the necessary change needs a broad social understanding to work. The renewed interest in the Chernobyl disaster is definitely not unfounded.
History shows that the stability of democracies depends on conservative support, and that risks emerge when conservatives shift their allegiance to populist and ethnic nationalist camps. Two other opposition candidates are running for mayor of Budapest. It may have longed for the old but was nevertheless a dialectical spark, a stubborn reflection on the cost of change.
Finance Minister Scholz SPD , however, seems totally unwilling to look at the black zero with a critical eye or to review the debt brake. The Greens must be the force for intelligent, sustainable innovation across the board, including digitalisation, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles.
But this must not come at the expense of smart investment, which is necessary for stronger economic performance. The new government features a slate of younger ministers and vice-ministers.