Tusk re-elected European Council president despite Polish opposition

European leaders re-elected Donald Tusk as European Council president at a Brussels summit on Thursday despite threats from his native Poland that it would block his appointment.

The vote was 27 in favour to one, according to a French diplomatic source, while Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel tweeted: “Habemus #EUCO Presidentum” (“We have a European Council president”).

The government in Warsaw had argued that the decision should be delayed because of its displeasure with Tusk, a bitter political rival of the leader of Poland’s current governing party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. His government has argued that Tusk supports the domestic opposition in Poland and has failed to protect the country’s interests in the EU.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said it would be unheard-of to confirm a president without the consent of his home nation.

“Nothing without us, without our consent,” she said upon arrival for the summit. “This is a matter of principles.”

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Source By http://www.france24.com

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