Donald Tusk re-appointed as EU Council president
- Author: Regina Walsh Mar 10, 2017,
Mar 10, 2017, 0:43
Poland stood in isolation at the EU Summit in Malta as it sought to block the re-election of European Council president, former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk.
"We can not allow a risky precedent to be set whereby the democratically elected government of a member country is attacked politically by the president of the European Council", she stated. What some consider the ruling party's efforts to undermine rule of law by taking over the constitutional court have been debated extensively in Brussels, though without impact in Poland.
"I don't see how one country could oppose this solution when all the others are in favor", said French President Francois Hollande, echoing comment from numerous bloc's 28 leaders.
Critics said Mrs May risked alienating Poland, a major Brexit ally, if she did not support their candidate Jacek Saryusz-Wolsk.
EU powerhouses France and Germany on Monday endorsed the idea of a "multi-speed" EU in which some members could deepen their integration faster than others, a move that Poland and other eastern EU countries staunchly oppose.
The government in Warsaw argues that the decision should be delayed because of its displeasure with Tusk, a bitter political rival.
"I think we will leave our Polish friends to face the cold wind alone", an European Union diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.
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"We have discussed it also today and the seven Liberal Democrat prime ministers support Tusk", as the work done by him was appreciated on the table of discussion.
Szydlo said that Tusk's support for Poland's opposition previous year disqualified him as a neutral European Union official.
"Grateful for trust and positive assessment #EUCO (European Council)".
He also voiced his disappointment with fellow rightwinger Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for endorsing Tusk.
"The item is on the agenda, so I think that usually when an item is on the agenda one has to decide on that item", Muscat said.
Tusk is expected to be backed by an overwhelming majority of leaders.
You can't say Poland didn't try.