The new President of the European Council – strong man for difficult times

   Last Saturday evening everybody was talking about one thing – the election of the new President of the European council and the new European Union High Representative. As the first has been assigned to Polsih Prime Minister, Donald Tusk and the other to the Foreign Minister of Italy, Federica Mogherini. In the times of unstable situation of Europe, when United Kingdom considers leaving the EU and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia poses serious threat to continental security, having a strong leader is crucial. And Polish politician seems to fit this perfectly. 

   Donald Tusk is one of the very few Prime Ministers in Europe to be elected for the second term and the first one in Poland after fall of the Iron Courtain. He is known as a great and charismatic leader, having maintained his position throughout very difficult times, especially during global financial crisis which has been a nightmare for the whole continent. Poland, during the government of his party  was the only EU country not to fall into recession in 2009. Although he isn’t so popular among people in his country – right now 25% of people suppot him, while as many as 43% is against him, according to the April’s CBOS survey, he is probably a good choice for the position. 

   I believe that his nationality is not to be overlooked. Europe has started to divide into the “more-developed countries, mostly those having euro currency” and “less-developed, those not willing to change the currency right now”. Or the richer North and poorer South. Besides, we are facing war in Ukraine. Being Polish, Donald Tusk is both representing a country without euro currency and aware of the situation of Poland’s east neighbors. Thus, he should bridge the gap between “two part of EU”, as a leader from a country where you use local money and draw attention to the Ukraine-Russian conflict which may seem distant for countries that lie far from them.

 

 

   One of the biggest problems and threats to the EU is Great Britain’s place in the union. As one of the most powerful countries of Europe, its presence is crucial. If they leave, the stability will be upset. And Mr Tusk’s task will be speaking with other leaders – David Cameron or Angela Merkel on behalf of the common view in the union. And given his good realtions with most powerful representatives of European countries, we can hope his two and a half year will not be wasted as it is big opportunity – for him as a politician, for his country and for whole Europe.

   The elections are always drawing media’s and citizen’s attention. But after being chosen for one of the most important jobs on the continent, you are given the credit of trust and you are under constant surveillance – of your fellow workers,, media and people. It’s great opportunity, but also huge responsibility. Even if Donald Tusk is not a perfect politician – he made a lot of mistakes and also failed to be elected as a president , he is good person for these difficult circumstances.

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