Poland objects to Tusk second term in EU

World | 18 Feb 2017 12:00 am

Poland's most powerful politician, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, says it's not in his country's interests for Donald Tusk to serve a second term as head of the European Council, a key European Union leadership position. 

Poland is the only EU state openly opposed to a second 2.5-year term for the former Polish prime minister, whose current term ends in May. The European Council brings together leaders of the 28 member states to determine the bloc's political priorities, and the question of a second possible term for Tusk is expected to be taken up at an EU summit in early March. 

Kaczynski, the head of the conservative ruling party and a longtime political rival of Tusk's, noted Tusk had backed an EU proposal to fine countries that wouldn't accept refugees in a settlement plan. That proposal failed in part due to Polish opposition. 

Kaczynski said in an interview on state television Thursday that such fines would have cost Poland 3 billion euros. 

"It is not in Poland's interest for someone like that'' to head the European Council, Kaczynski said. -AP

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