Maclean's travels to Warsaw, where the ruling Kaczynski brothers are seeing a revival in fortunes ahead of Poland's Oct. 21 parliamentary elections. The twin brothers who have ruled Poland since 2005, pushing a hard-right agenda and enraging Europe along the way, seemed certain to lose power only weeks ago. But a disorganized opposition had missed opportunities, and a new poll puts the twins five points ahead.
Last month the Polish parliament suffered a meltdown over corruption charges and the Kaczysnkis were forced into early elections. Yet the opposition Civic Platform, supported by city-dwellers and elite media, has been unable to get its message across to voters. "Life under the Kaczynskis has often been close to a circus," Maclean's writes, but the circus might get an encore.