Oh puuuleeeaaaaese. They had to go with them in order to be in government.
They didn't have to - Marcinkiewicz's minority government actually was working okay. But - as we all know - Kaczynski then took power for himself (by pushing through the coalition) - which led to their eventual fall. If PiS had simply carried on as a minority government, they would've managed to serve the whole term - fair enough, they wouldn't have been able to push through many things - but minority governments led by moderates do tend to be successful at the next election. Jarek shot himself in the foot by trying to rule himself - he was unacceptable to PO, and, well - who the hell would consider Lepper and Giertych to be suitable coalition partners except someone desperate for power?
Why PiS never tried a coalition of themselves, PSL and SLD is a good question - although Kaczynski's rabid anti-Communism (what are you hiding, Jarek?) meant that couldn't work. It might not have actually been a bad government, all things considered.
Anyway, according to PiS wisdom - they called an early election in order to win decisively. It was a fair enough strategy - they could count on LPR and Samobroona's vote collapsing and those votes transferring to themselves - the only problem was that their arrogance caused them to overlook the fact that there were a lot of angry people who were going to go and vote simply to remove them from power. Don't forget - they did increase their share of the vote in 2007. As I recall, Lepper in particular knew that he was a king-maker, and wasn't afraid to remind Kaczynski of this fact.
It was nothing to do with "risking their own position" and everything to do with seizing power for themselves. They didn't have the room to bargain with LPR and Samobroona - PiS needed the support of at least two other parties to pass any legislation whatsoever. Hence - it wasn't entirely a bad strategy to call early elections.
How does this change the fact that a lot of corruption went on [probably still does]? This is what PO and the anti PiS media do they manage to turn the situation around and make those who found out about the corruption seem to be in the wrong for the way they found out. Absolute crap.
So what? PiS are staying out of power for a long, long time - thankfully. Most people would rather have PO and corruption than PiS and corruption - at least PO are ruling somewhat competently. Don't forget, what characterised PiS was the use of the security agencies to further their political agenda. PO have more or less kept away from such things.
He did not want to sign it and initially did not but there was so much pressure on him not only from Europe by the opposition that he eventually signed it. If he got what he wanted then there would be alterations made in it to suit Poland more before he signed it.
He was a coward. Lech didn't have to sign it at all - the fact that he did shows him to be what he was - a weak, malicious President who opposed many things for the sake of it. Instead of making excuses for him - perhaps you want to explain why he signed it despite having the ability to veto it repeatedly? The Government (and the SLD) didn't have the votes to overrule the veto - if he was half the man that some people make him out to be, he would've simply vetoed it.
Oh yeah absolutely nothing to fear from Russia now that Poland is in NATO. They have out back at all times now. If you think that you are just plain ignorant.
So, you think that Poland, a country in which Germany (and the UK to an ever growing extent) has significant interests, would let Russia invade? You must be kidding - if this were true, how can you explain the massive investment made on the Eastern border by EU funds?
Your paranoia about Russia is one reason why PiS lost - ordinary Poles know that they've got nothing to fear from Russia nowadays.
Actually I do pay attention I watch it almost every day and see what is going on.
TVP has been abused by politicians for years, there's nothing new there. PiS did exactly the same thing - do you need reminded about how "their man" was fired and then barricaded himself inside the building? Anyway, PiS's inability to win over the media is their own fault - you can hardly blame TVN for being against them when Jarek has been so vocal about them.
At the end of the day, PiS have no-one to blame but themselves. Kaczynski had a golden chance after the Presidential election - if he had conceded defeat with dignity, ordered PiS to shut their mouths for several months and let PO get on with governing - they would've been doing just fine. People actually liked Kaczynski's human face - it was electable, and if he had continued on the same path - they could've very well given PO a black eye in the local elections. But - he blew it. His mental problems came back, they removed the "doves" who could've won the election for him - and now they're on the path to a final devastating defeat.