EU's Tusk set for re-election despite Polish anger

A summit that was meant to focus on plans for the future after Britain leaves has instead become mired in a Polish political drama with wider implications for looming east-west splits in the European Union.

EU's Tusk set for re-election despite Polish anger

World Bulletin / News Desk

EU leaders are set to ignore bitter opposition from Warsaw and re-elect Poland's Donald Tusk as the bloc's president Thursday in a row that underscores the difficulties of post-Brexit unity.

The row threatens to overshadow talks on the economy, defence, and unrest in the Balkans on Thursday, and then on Friday, without British Prime Minister Theresa May, on preparations for a summit in Rome on March 25th to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding treaty.

Leaders had hoped to rubberstamp former Polish prime minister Tusk's new term after his current mandate runs out in May, but a government guided by his long-term domestic foe put forward a surprise rival candidate.

Poland appears to have won no support, but the other leaders will still be keen to avoid a public bust-up with the EU's biggest post-communist state just weeks before the bloc enters its seventh decade.

Tusk said he was "ready for this judgement" by the 28 leaders but rejected criticism by Poland's right-wing prime minister Beata Szydlo that he had "brutally violated" his job's supposed political neutrality.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Mart 2017, 11:10