Two men running to be next mayor of Warsaw. But this isn't about the usual local politics. This is about Poland's soul or really about an identity crisis for the entire European continent. Rafal Trzaskowski the highly educated progressive, versus Patryk Jaki the populist, and darling of the country's ruling party.
A right wing group constantly at odds with most of the EU, Law and Justice Party, known here as the PiS. And the poles are close. Reuters, Anna Koper.>> Warsaw is one of the biggest EU fund beneficiaries in Poland, and for many years has been ruled by a liberal party called the Civic Platform.
So the fact that Patryk Jaki is so strong here, of all the places, show us what divisions are currently tearing apart Poland. Islam and migration, the rule of law, and the role of the EU itself.>>
>> Patryk Jaki's victory in the city would have a symbolic mean.
This would give the Peace Government a chance to claim that Pols are happy with its agenda and the reforms it implements.>> Jaki compares the influx of Muslim immigrants into Poland to the Nazi invasion that started World War II. As in what happens here affects the rest of Europe.
We spoke to the candidates.>>
> We all want Poland to be in the European Union, the question is, what European Union do we want to be in?>> And they want to change everything. They want to rewrite the history books. They want to question our place in the European Union, they completely undermine our economic policy.
So this is in essence, an existential fight.>> The race will be decided on October 21st.