The one who co-founded Civic Platform (PO) twenty years ago marks his return to the forefront of his country’s political scene.
After the resignation of the president of the party, Borys Budka, it is now Donald Tusk, ex-president of the European Council, who will wear “the president’s duties» of the Civic Platform (PO) party. This is what the spokesperson, Jan Grabiec, declared after a meeting of the national council of the party.
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An appointment that comes as 64-year-old Donald Tusk already assumed the presidency of the European People’s Party (EPP), and often played the role of a scathing behind-the-scenes commentator on Polish politics. He co-founded the PO twenty years ago and was Prime Minister of his country between 2007 and 2014. He thus marks his return to the forefront of the country’s political scene. “I am 100% back», He declared in front of a congress of the party which gave him a standing ovation.
In his speech, he mentioned “the demon“On the ruling Nationalist Conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS), accusing it of placing Poland in a”dangerous situation»By creating dissension with its partners in the European Union. “When we see the demon, we fight it», He launched.
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Big football fan, limit “hooliganIn his youth by his own admission, Mr. Tusk grew up in the port city of Gdansk, in the north of the country, the cradle of the Solidarity movement which dismantled the communist regime. When he was President of the European Council between 2014 and 2019, he handled crises ranging from migration and Greece’s economic situation to the difficult Brexit negotiations.
Uncertainty arose in the run-up to the PO Congress after Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, a finalist in last year’s presidential election, said he was ready to take the lead. According to media reports, the latter has since reversed course. “The Civic Platform will be big again“, Tweeted a member of the party, Robert Tyszkiewicz, after the announcement of the new president.
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