The leader of Poland’s governing party has accused Donald Tusk, who was re-elected to head the European Council, of breaking “all rules” of the European Union. Tusk was supported by 27 out of 28 countries on March 9.
Poland was the only country that did not back Tusk for a second term.
“It’s a very bad situation that a politician was elected who broke all the rules that previously existed in the European Union, above all, the rule of neutrality,” Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party leader Jarosław Kaczyński said on March 9.
As reported by Radio Poland, Warsaw has criticised Tusk of overstepping his mandate and interfering in local Polish politics.
“He was not neutral,” Kaczyński said, referring to Tusk’s first term at the head of the Council, “and you can say that he intervened in Polish affairs… very strongly and in delicate situations, in moments of great tension,” he added.
In a separate report, the Reuters news agency noted that Poland’s ruling conservatives have long been at loggerheads with Tusk’s centrists.
Since ousting Tusk’s centrists from power in 2015, Poland’s conservatives have faced accusations of authoritarian tendencies over their efforts to exert more control over state institutions.