Tusk re-elected EU president despite Polish objection


European leaders at a summit in Brussels Thursday re-elected Donald Tusk as European Council president, despite angry objection from the eurosceptic right-wing government of his home country Poland.

An emotional Mr Tusk, re-elected by nearly all Member States of the EU, said he would “continue to work for a better and more united Europe with all Member States, without exception.”

The Polish government said it did not want to deal with Mr Tusk, who was Poland’s prime minister for 7 years, but it was left out on a limb when it tried to find support to block Mr Tusk’s re-election.

Mr Tusk, who has been appointed for a second term of two and a half years, till 30 November 2019, is the second full-time President of the European Council, following the creation of the post under the Treaty of Lisbon.

Despite the perils of Brexit, which the summit was due to debate later, there was good news on the European economy. In discussion with the president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi, who left interest rates unchanged earlier in the day, growth was reported to be returning to all 28 members of the European Union, with 232 million Europeans now in work – the highest for years…

Read more: EUBusiness, 09.03.2017