After?failing to prevent?the reelection of European Council President Donald Tusk, Poland lashed out for the EU for a summit in Brussels Thursday only to find itself isolated, as leaders shrugged off Prime Minister?Beata Szyd?o’s threats to?block?the Council’s?formal summit conclusions in protest.
The reappointment of Tusk, a previous Polish prime minister,?was at the first try that the EU, which generally has a tendency to prize?consensus and collegiality specifically, acted to name a senior leader across the bitter objections from the candidate’s home country. Previously, the Council president was always chosen by acclamation.
But not even close to seeming rattled because of the discord, EU leaders expressed confidence that they not let a petty Polish domestic political dispute take precedence covering the Continent’s collective interests. In?several cases, they laughed at Poland’s expense, saying Warsaw’s efforts had only helped Tusk.
“I haven’t any purpose of being surprised by Polish mood swings,” Belgian Prime Minister?Charles Michel said on a news conference. “This was a lot more the translation, the export, to the European a higher level an interior national political question. Nobody was duped by?that.”
With a smile, Michel added, “Maybe, finally, Poland succeeded in performing a good campaign simply Donald Tusk.”
While some officials, including Tusk, experimented with extend an olive branch, there were also discussion on how Poland might pay a fee for the actions, including stepped-up efforts in Brussels to carry Warsaw responsible for alleged rule-of-law violations, and potentially more rigorous scrutiny of that national finances.
“I definitely won’t accept any document from this summit” -?Beata Szyd?o
European Commission Vice President Valdis?Dombrovskis appeared to fire an alert shot Thursday evening whilst tweeted: “Despite robust growth, #Poland’s budget deficit is projected at Three percent of GDP in 2018, which is way to obtain concern.”
At her very own defiant news conference,?Szyd?o denounced the Council’s prefer Tusk – 27 to – over Poland’s objection, and insisted that Poland’s refusal to endorse the summit conclusions would render the meeting meaningless?- a spot that other leaders said was legally and politically false.
“It’s clearly written that summits end with conclusions,” Szyd?o said. “If one country doesn’t accept it, it indicates the summit will not be relevant. If these days there are methods to look for a different solution, that just implies that there aren’t any rules and Poland doesn’t concur with this. I definitely won’t accept any document out of this summit.”
However, speculation that Szyd?o would walk out of the meeting proved overblown. In truth, she took an enthusiastic part in discussions later while in the day, noting Poland’s strong economic performance and expressing satisfaction at economic growth all over the EU, reported by the state run who had previously been present.
Poland’s opposition to Tusk was almost not a surprise. The?leader of the governing Law and Justice party in Warsaw, Jaros?aw Kaczy