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September 29, 2014   
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A lot’s been happening in recent weeks. Internationally, there’s the so-called Islamic State, Ukraine, the referendum in Scotland, and the new lineup of the European Union: a new parliament, a new commission, and a new president for the European Council. Domestically, there is the political shake-up resulting from Donald Tusk being appointed as the new president of the European Council: a new government for Poland, and a new leader for the governing Civic Platform (PO) party.

The decision by all the EU member states to choose the Polish prime minister as the new EU president was like a political explosion. Tusk had every right to behave with reserve in the face of such a scenario and to declare publicly that domestic affairs were far more important to him. I’m convinced that by announcing the primacy of EU matters over Polish affairs he would have shattered his chances of being chosen. When the choice became obvious, though, Tusk had to recalculate.

No one has any doubt that the choice of a Pole for a top EU job is a huge success for both Tusk himself and for Poland.

Meanwhile, the governing PO faces triple elections: local government elections this November, presidential elections in May next year, and parliamentary elections in November next year. The first will be close to a draw, the second will be easily won by the current president, Bronis³aw Komorowski, while the third, the most important for the party, is winnable but requires a maximum effort on the part of the PO.

Tusk’s role in these projects would have been invaluable. But as the EU president, at a moment so crucial in the EU’s history, he will be able to influence the bloc’s policies and help it deal with its current and future challenges. This particularly applies to three areas: energy policy, foreign policy and security policy. Rejecting such an opportunity would have been a historic mistake, from the point of view of both the EU and Poland.
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