– Poland fails to stop Donald Tusk EU re-election

March 9, 2017

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EU leaders have re-elected Donald Tusk as president of the European Council despite a bid to oust him by his home country, Poland.

Sources say the leaders voted 27 to one to give him another two-and-a-half-year term.

The Polish government insisted Mr Tusk, a former PM from a rival party, had violated his mandate by interfering in domestic politics.

Mr Tusk is expected to play a major role in the UK’s Brexit negotiations.

After his re-election he tweeted: “Grateful for trust & positive assessment by #EUCO [European Council]. I will do my best to make the EU better.”

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo had strongly opposed Mr Tusk’s candidacy and proposed another candidate, a little-known Polish MEP called Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.

She said after the vote that Mr Tusk’s reappointment signalled that EU leaders would have little say in Brussels.

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