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Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party said on Friday it planned legal changes to enhance democracy ahead of local elections next year but analysts said the measures aimed to boost the party's electoral prospects.

"The directions of Polish foreign policy are set by Law and Justice (PiS) chairman Jarosław Kaczyński. There is no other meaningful actor in this area,” said Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski, former PiS member and MEP appearing on “Fakty po Faktach”. “This causes a state of permanent uncertainty among his party colleagues, especially pending the reconstruction of the Government,” added Aleksander Smolar, President of the Batory Foundation.

“He was a level-headed, calm man. Always. He had never performed any impetuous gestures in his life, so the shock was all the greater. But the phone call from my brother was clear, so I had to reconcile myself to it,” said the brother of Piotr Szczęsny, who immolated himself in front of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw in October. Family and friends recall that he worried about the situation in Poland, but he was never vehement. He had planned his act for a long time.

According to the information gathered by tvn24.pl, the Public Prosecutor's Office has started an investigation into the circumstances attending the conclusion of the contract for Russian gas supply by the coalition government of the Civic Platform and the Polish People's Party (PO-PSL) in 2010. Investigators will check whether the agreement could have been unfavorable for Poland and whether corruption could have been involved.

The “Fair Courts” campaign will be launched abroad. The Polish National Foundation hired a US company to “make its message understandable not only in Poland, but also abroad,” said its vice president. We have obtained documents that show what message the Foundation intends to promote around the world and how much it will cost.

“The amendments introduced by Law and Justice do not alter the essential elements the President was concerned about,” presidential adviser and opposition activist under the Communist regime, Zofia Romaszewska, said on Friday. “Jarek [Kaczyński – ed.] believes one needs to shake it all up, to hold matters firmly in one's hand, and then everything will be great. In my opinion everything would be very bad this way,” she added.