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June 27, 2013   
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It’s tough being a prophet in your own land… Prime Minister Donald Tusk surely took this into account when he heard encouraging remarks in Poland and abroad about his potential to take over as the new head of the European Commission. Tusk’s name started being mentioned in the corridors of power in Brussels when certain high-ranking European politicians mentioned the Polish prime minister as one of the leading contenders for the top EU job.

The Polish political class reacted with smiles, some very bitter. It wouldn’t do for the opposition to openly torpedo the prime minister’s chances at the Brussels post. But it was, evidently, acceptable to hint that Tusk was abandoning the domestic arena and choosing a better-paid job seeing as he may lose his current one, and to imply that he was making decisions motivated by the abject failure of his policies so far.

Then, suddenly, Tusk decided to cut the speculation short.

“I’ve no intention of going to Brussels,” he announced, arguing that he was not abandoning the domestic stage when there is still so much for him to do.

It’s worth considering in which job Tusk can do more for Poland. The answer is simple, and reflected in his decision. Having a Pole at the helm of the EU would be hugely advantageous for Poland. But the question of which route this country takes is even more important.

If Poland’s future trajectory were clear, and if all political parties of any significance were pulling in the same direction, the “Warsaw or Brussels” dilemma would have been a real one. But that’s not the case, at least not with the current political setup. And Tusk has shown clearly that he is aware of this.
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