Wednesday 22 November 2017

Polish minister questions legality of Tusk's EU re-election

Mr Tusk is viewed as a political foe by Poland's current ruling party
Mr Tusk is viewed as a political foe by Poland's current ruling party

Poland's foreign minister has challenged the legality of Donald Tusk's re-election to a top European Union job, saying the vote was "fake" and that it exposed the EU as having "double standards".

Witold Waszczykowski's view was not shared by aides to Polish president Andrzej Duda.

Mr Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, was re-elected for a second two and a half-year term as European Council head at a recent EU summit in Brussels.

Mr Waszczykowski said the summit took a "pseudo-vote" on Mr Tusk by only asking who was "against" but not who was "for", or who abstained.

Mr Waszczykowski said there was no vote on Poland's counter-candidate.

He added: "We have experts' opinions now saying that Tusk was elected in a way that can be questioned on the level of European law."

The foreign minister said the government of prime minister Beata Szydlo will decide whether to officially question the vote.

Poland is the only one among the EU's 28 members to protest against the re-election of Mr Tusk, who Poland's ruling nationalist Law and Justice party considers a political foe.

The party also is critical of the EU and uses every occasion to promote its view that the bloc needs deep reform.

"We will be showing society what kind of union we are in now, a union that applies double standards," Mr Waszczykowski said.

However, Krzysztof Szczerski, foreign affairs adviser to President Duda, said that Mr Tusk's re-election was a closed case and should not be raised again.

Press Association

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