Poland threatens to derail EU summit

"We will inform our (EU) partners that the entire summit is at risk, if they will force the vote (on Tusk) today," Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told the local TVN24 channel on Thursday.

Poland threatens to derail EU summit

World Bulletin / News Desk

Poland's rightwing government has threatened to derail an EU summit Thursday on the bloc's post-Brexit future if its leaders go ahead and re-elect Pole Donald Tusk as the bloc's president despite Warsaw's opposition.

"We'll do everything we can to ensure that the vote won't take place today," Waszczykowski said, adding: "We have informed the Germans that it isn't necessary to elect the EU president today." 

Speculating on the outcome of the two-day summit in Brussels, Polish media on Thursday outlined two possible scenarios. 

First, Poland could demand that Tusk's re-election require unanimity. Current regulations require a qualified majority, but the principle of unanimity is generally favoured by the EU. 

This would derail Tusk's re-election for a second two-and-a-half year term. 

Assuming Tusk is re-elected, Polish media suggest Warsaw would refuse to endorse the conclusions of the summit and thus torpedo it.

Poland's eurosceptic government on Saturday proposed MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski as its official candidate to replace Tusk.

Warsaw 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.

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