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Warsaw ditches support for Tusk EU candidacy


Warsaw has forwarded an MEP from an opposition party as its candidate for the European Council presidency to succeed incumbent Donald Tusk. The move smacks of scores being settled and looks likely to end in failure, DW speculates.

The Polish Foreign Ministry on Saturday officially announced that Civic Platform (PO) Member of European Parliament Jacek Saryusz-Wolski would be forwarded as Warsaw’s candidate for the post of European Council president, the Polish press agency PAP reported.

“I have just sent a diplomatic note to propose the candidacy of Jacek Saryusz-Wolski for the presidency of the European Council,” PAP cited Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski saying.

The governing Law and Justice (PiS) party confirmed on Saturday that Poland will not support Tusk’s bid for a second term.

Tusk’s 30-month term as the president of the European Council is due to end on May 31. Malta, which currently holds the council’s rotating six-month presidency, will oversee the process of choosing the council chair.

The European Commission has on several occasions chastised Warsaw for allegedly undermining democratic norms and institutions since coming to power in October 2015, a claim PiS vehemently denies.

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