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Tusk re-elected as President of European Council
19:28, 9 March 2017
Tusk re-elected as President of European Council

Polish politician will be ruling the EU authority until 2019, - Deutsche Welle

19:28, 9 March 2017

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59-year-old Donald Tusk has been re-elected as European Council President. The politician is to serve in this office until 2019. 

Presidents of 27 of 28 EU member countries supported the decision at the EU summit that took place on March 9.   

Poland actively opposed Tusk’s re-election. Yesterday, March 8, Polish PM Beata Szydlo sent EU leaders a letter saying that Tusk rudely breached the principles of political neutrality and intruded into the course of internal affairs of Poland, while serving as the President of the European Council.

Such level of criticism is due to Tusk’s approval of EU sanctions against Warsaw; Tusk and some other EU figures have repeatedly stated that the Polish government refuses to live up to the supremacy of law and democratic standards.     

President Petro Poroshenko already congratulated Tusk on the re-election. ‘I am confident that under Tusk’s leadership, Ukraine and the EU will reach the new heights in favor of peace, stability and prosperity,’ he wrote in his Facebook post.

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