EU dilemma over Tusk reappointment
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo’s reportedly will try to reason the fellow EU leaders to postpone their decision to endorse the second mandate to her compatriot the incumbent president of the European Council Donald Tusk. The Polish government is interested in entering a negotiation period, selecting a compromise candidate. Apparently, the Polish delegation will not insist of the candidacy of Jacek Saryuz–Wolski, the Member of the European Parliament, and a long-standing opponent of incumbent president Tusk. Evicted from the European People’s Party Saryuz-Wolski will not be able to enter a competition, however there are the other more objective factors, making him an unsuitable contestant. Traditionally the position is given to a statesman with a high function experience, but Saryuz-Wolski never had any in spite of his excellent curriculum, and personal influence.
“We will do everything to ensure that the reappointment does not take place today,” said Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski.
“The Netherlands supports the candidacy of Donald Tusk… He is always fair as chairman with his eye on the ball. In very turbulent times he has kept a cool head,” – said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, commenting on probable reappointment.
Although the EU Council of the European leaders can flex the muscle, imposing Donald Tusk in spite of the rejection of his compatriots, it would subsequently lauch a chronic friction with the Polish government, which will create a long-term toxic effect on the entire project, challenging its unity.
On a number of occasions Donald Tusk passed a message that he would not claim the second mandate, entering clash with his compatriots. However he has not expressed himself lately. The information of his re-appointment was streaming from the EU diplomats, confirming high-profile support for Tusk, led by French President Hollande, who continued to stand by his ‘protégé’.