Manfred Weber, the leader of the centre-right group European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament threatened to expel a Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski who has been nominated by Warsaw to replace Donald Tusk (pictured) as president of the European Council.
Acting as Bolshevik in times of Russian revolution of 1917, Manfred Weber abandoned a democratic ‘soft power’ style and shortcut his reaction to a threat to expel Jacek Saryusz-Wolski if he does not drop the bid to replace Tusk, preventing him to serve the second mandate. Weber has dropped the mask, acting in the latest EU fashion to avoid rotation, freezing political status quo in the interest of two major political forces: Christian-democrats and Socialists.
EU leaders are aiming to enable Tusk, a former Polish prime minister from the centre-right Civic Platform (PO), a second two and a half years term as president of the European Council in spite of the fact that his candidacy does not reflect current political situation in his native Poland.
Until Saturday, no other candidate had stepped forward. Publically, nobody but his own country Poland, came with objections against Tusk so far. However one can not know with certainty, as the procedure of the appointment of the Council president is highly secretive, resembling the Pope’s election by Curia, with the EU citizens patiently waiting for the smoke coming out of the chimney.
Meanwhile the Warsaw government-run by Tusk’s right-wing opponents, the Law and Justice party (PiS) headed by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has insisted Tusk should not be reappointed. On Saturday, they nominated MEP Saryusz-Wolski in Weber’s EPP group.
Weber, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said on Sunday that the EPP continued to back Tusk, also an EPP member, and said it would expel Jacek Saryusz-Wolski if he does not drop out.
The imposition of Brussels interest over the needs of the citizens in member-states is one of the major reasons for the rise of Vicegrad group (V4), uniting east european countries struggling for their interests in the rigid bloc.
Donald Tusk became notorious for his aggressive anti-Trump rhetoric during the US presidential campaign, he continued with crescendo after the inauguration dabbing President Trump as an “existential threat” to the EU in an open letter, using his status of the president to propel his highly personal views.
The majority of the Europeans, including Tusk’s compatriots, do not associate themselves with Tusk witch-hunting, seeking threats as an excuse for inability of fulfilment of the promise of the EU to deliver prosperity for European nations.
Anna van Densky, Brussels