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May 28, 2013   
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Tusk for Top EU Post?
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is a potential candidate for the next president of the European Commission, according to Joseph Daul, head of the center-right European People’s Party (EPP), the single biggest political group in the European Parliament.

If center-right politicians win the most votes in European Parliament elections next year—which seems likely—the group will probably have a decisive say when it comes to filling key EU positions.

Daul said the European People’s Party is unlikely to field a candidate for European Commission president before the end of this year or early next year. The timing largely depends on whether the CDU/CSU coalition holds on to power in Germany.

If the center-right does remain in office there, Tusk’s chances of replacing Jose Manuel Barroso as European Commission chief will increase, especially as German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel has on several occasions supported the idea of Tusk running for top EU positions.

However, Tusk is just one of many potential European People’s Party candidates, Daul said. Other names being mentioned for the role include France’s Michel Barnier, the EU Commissioner for the Internal Market; Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt; and EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding from Luxembourg. Daul added that current Commission president Barroso, who was endorsed by the EPP, may want to stay on for a third term. Daul also mentioned Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis as a candidate for Commission chief.

Frigate on Atlantic Mission
Fresh from its role in the Spontex 2013 international naval exercises in the Bay of Biscay in the eastern Atlantic, the Polish frigate Gen. Ko¶ciuszko is representing Poland in events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. The commemorations are being organized by the British Royal Navy.

This year’s Spontex maneuvers were led by the French navy. Warships and naval aircraft from Belgium, France, Canada, Germany, Poland, Britain, and the United States took part in the exercises, during which NATO ships practiced submarine search, detection, tracking and defense operations.

The Gen. Ko¶ciuszko—as well as the twin frigate Gen. Pułaski—has some of the Polish navy’s heaviest anti-submarine and anti-aircraft weaponry and equipment. These include detection and anti-submarine warfare systems such as new-generation MU-90 torpedoes and an SH-2G helicopter, in addition to SM-1 anti-aircraft missiles and naval artillery. The ships are also equipped with cutting-edge systems to work together with aircraft and to protect themselves against missile attacks, including a special “mute” system that makes them difficult to detect by enemy submarines.

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