After the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) revoked his party vice-president title, after he accepted the nomination by Poland’s ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS), for president of the European Council against his fellow party member Donald Tusk, prominent MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski sent yesterday his resignation letter to the EPP. It ran like this:
Dear Chairman,Dear Martin,Dear Colleagues,Dear All,Today I have paid a farewell visit to our EPP President Joseph Daul, to thank him for 16 years of fruitful cooperation in our EPP family.16 years ago, early 2001, I succeeded to convince 3 leaders of Civic Platform, including Donald Tusk, when PO was still a movement, and not yet a registered party, to choose EPP as its own european party family affiliation and to refrain from joining ALDE.Later, I had the priviledge to lead Platforma, of which I was then Vice President, through the whole EPP accession procedure, starting from delivering, early 2001, an application letter, into the hands of late President Wilfried Martens, our President and founder.Today I had to submit to President Joseph Daul, the highest statutory EPP authority, with my deepest regret and in face of an ultimatum, my 2 resignations, from:1/ my function of EPP Vice President and Member of EPP Presidency.2/ my membership in the EPP Group in the European Parliament, asking President Daul to transmit my resignation to Group’s Chairman, Manfred Weber.For your information, referring to point 2/, I wanted, in spite of my expulsion from Civic Platform, to remain member of the EPP Group.Formally it is possible and practiced in our Group, to be member of Group, without being member of EPP party.Unfortunately, in the light of Civic Platform Delegation’s request, and again to my deep regret, it seems impossible.Therefore I have resigned, to save unnecessary procedures of exclusion.I wish all the best to our EPP family, which I keep feeling to be part of, even if not formally, and to which I hope to return one day.I remain committed European and Christian Democrat, regretfully, outside formal structures of EPP.Please accept my best regards and assurances of my highest consideration,Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
But why did Jacek Saryusz-Wolski accept Kachynski’s nomination, knowing that he had strictly no chance to replace Donald Tusk? Well, he wants a cosy place on Kaczynski’s PiS (Law and Justice) lists, says a former EPP colleague.
The Polish government, run by Tusk’s nationalist opponents, the Law and Justice Party (PiS), don’t want Tusk to be given a second 30-month term as president of the European Council. EU leaders are expected nevertheless to give him the mandate.
“I deeply regret Saryusz-Wolski’s disloyalty and disrespect towards the unity and values of his own member parties, Civil Platform (PO) and the EPP,” European People’s Party (EPP) president Joseph Daul said in a statement.
He added that the EPP fully supported Tusk’s bid for a second term. It is also strange that such a veteran MEP as Saryusz-Wolski thought that he could betray the EPP while still remaining a member of the party.