Poland's Kaczynski says EU on path towards disintegration

Mar 10, 2017, 00:37

Szydlo said the other European Union countries had ignored Poland's valid reasons to oppose Tusk's re-election.

The leaders will meet again on Friday, minus May, to prepare for a "unity" summit to be held in Rome on March 25, the 60th anniversary of the treaty that laid the EU's foundation.

Szydlo made the comments after Donald Tusk, her compatriot but political foe, was given a second term to chair the European Union summits by all the other 27 European Union states despite Poland's objections.

"We are disappointed with the European Commission White Paper".

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo had instead asked for all to support Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, a member of the European Parliament.

Poland appears to have won no support, but the other leaders will still be keen to avoid a public bust-up with the EU's biggest post-communist state just weeks before the bloc enters its seventh decade.

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful head of Poland's ruling rightwing Law and Justice (PiS ) party, accused political arch-rival Tusk of having "betrayed his own country".

"We knew this would happen", Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters. Manfred Weber, leader of the EPP, said: "Tusk is the only EPP candidate for President of European Council".

But by Wednesday, diplomats from several member nations said it was clear that Warsaw had little or no support while Tusk had strong backing.

Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel confirmed Mr Tusk's success. "I don't see how one country could oppose this solution when all the others are in favour", said Hollande as he arrived for the summit, quoted in the Associated Press.

The president's role is to chair European Council meetings and drive forward its work, as well as represent the EU externally at his level on issues concerning the bloc's common foreign and security policy. Poland was the only country which did not back Tusk. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said: "We don't want to become hostages of national politics inside Poland".

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