Protests in Serbia turn violent; Europe awaits Polish runoff election
Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, with this week's Europe In 60 Seconds (from the Adriatic Sea):
What's going on in Belgrade and what's going to be the consequence of that?
Well, a wave of protests partly met by fairly substantial police violence. It's partly against new COVID restrictions, there's an outbreak of COVID. But partly the general political situation in the country with a sort of very harsh regime in the effect, or a very dominant regime to be precise. We'll see what happens.
What's my take on the run-off in the Polish presidential election this Sunday?
Well, that's going to be a most important election for Poland, primarily, but also for Europe as a whole. The regime and sitting President Duda has been calling out all of the propaganda means conceivable in order to win the election. But still, according to opinion polls, too close to call. Let's just hope for a positive surprise from Poland on Sunday.