Foreign media write about the election of Donald Tusk as prime minister. The Sejm met for an all-day session, which several commentators described as “historic”, pointed out the German “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. This event put an end to the eight-year rule of the populist Law and Justice party, reports the British broadcaster BBC.
The Sejm elected on Monday evening as part of the so-called the second constitutional step of the chairman of the Civic Platform Donald Tusk for prime minister. Earlier, MPs did not grant a vote of confidence to the Prime Minister’s government Mateusz Morawiecki. Events in Poland are commented on by foreign media.
The Polish parliament supported Donald Tusk as prime minister on Monday, ending eight years of nationalist rule and putting the country on the path to a thaw in relations with the European Union, Reuters reported.
Poland had tens of billions of euros of European Union funds frozen as a result of a dispute with Brussels over democratic standards, but Tusk, former president of the European Council, promised to repair relations and unblock the funds, it added.
BBC: the end of the populist party’s rule
The Polish parliament has given former Prime Minister Donald Tusk a mandate to form a new government, the British broadcaster BBC reported. The new administration will be sworn in by the president at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday Andrzej Duda – announced.
“This event put an end to the eight-year rule of the populist Law and Justice party, which had repeatedly clashed with the European Union authorities in Brussels,” emphasizes the BBC.
The broadcaster points out that Tusk may have difficulties implementing his program. “Duda’s decision to appoint Morawiecki to form a government without hope of obtaining a vote of confidence indicates that the president, who will hold office until 2025, intends to thwart Tusk’s plans,” it said.
“The Guardian”: Morawiecki has not finalized the task
“The Guardian” drew attention to Donald Tusk’s announcement to “drive out evil” after eight years of rule by the national-conservative parties that divided Poles. The British daily emphasizes that the coalition that in October elections obtained a significant majority, she promised that she would “fix everything accordingly.”
It was recalled that the previously outgoing Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who was entrusted by President Andrzej Duda with the mission of forming a government, “failed to finalize this task”, losing the vote of confidence in his government by a vote of 266 to 190.
“PiS, which has been in power since 2015, is accused of illegally undermining the rule of law, transforming state media into a propaganda center, limiting minority rights and inciting disputes with the European Union, which prompted Brussels to freeze tens of billions of euros of funds,” the British daily points out.
CNN: The end of authoritarian rule
Polish populist party Law and Justice she did not receive a vote of confidence, which ends the authoritarian eight-year period in power – CNN points out.
The report by the American news station emphasized that for two months PiS had been unable to find a coalition partner willing to share power with it, and Monday’s votes ended the era of PiS rule, which had troubled international institutions for years and deeply divided Polish society.
“Since coming to power in 2015, PiS has organized the illiberal transformation of Poland, taking control of the national judiciary, public media, cultural institutions and companies, and violating the rights of migrants, women and LGBT people,” it was stated.
“Corriere della Sera”: good news for Poland and Europe
After the parliament rejected Morawiecki’s government, the leader of the pro-European coalition, Donald Tusk, was appointed prime minister. The presentation of his program is expected on Tuesday, announces “Corriere della Sera”.
In its report, the Italian daily highlighted Lech Wałęsa and his words that “the country is returning to the path of development”, as well as the congratulations that Tusk received from the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
This is good news for Poland and Europe: Tusk, in the name of rights, democracy, freedom and European integration, will head the government in Warsaw – said Piero Fassino, an MP from the Italian Democratic Party.
FAZ: a historic day in the Polish Parliament
The Parliament convened for an all-day session, which several commentators described as “historic”, reported the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. The German daily explained that Tusk’s election as prime minister was preceded by Mateusz Morawiecki’s “failing” exam.
According to Tusk, the future center-left coalition he formed has already divided positions. “FAZ” pointed out that Radosław Sikorski is to be the future minister of foreign affairs, and the head of the Ministry of Defense will be the head of PSL, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.
“The coalition partners announced changes in many areas. Referring to the anti-German PiS campaign, coalition circles talked about ending the Cold War with Germany and ending the demonization of neighbors,” wrote the German daily.
Le Figaro: Kaczyński attacked Tusk
“Le Figaro” draws attention to an incident that occurred at the end of the session in the Sejm. After Donald Tusk was elected prime minister and announced the “expulsion of evil”, PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński stood at the podium. “He called Tusk a ‘German agent'” – it was emphasized.
“Jarosław Kaczyński has long been accusing the Civic Coalition and Donald Tusk himself of representing the interests of Germany and Russia,” it was explained. The French daily recalled the previous words of the PiS president when, after rejecting the vote of confidence in the Morawiecki government, he said that he dreamed that there would be no politicians in Poland “who would act for the benefit of foreign countries.”
“Expectations towards the future pro-European government are huge, but populist nationalists remain a powerful force and will continue to control several state institutions. Analysts talk about a ‘web’ woven by PiS around state institutions, all the more solid since the term of office of President Andrzej Duda expires only in 2025 and He may at any time exercise the right to veto laws passed by the Parliament,” it added.
Reuters, BBC, FAZ, The Guardian, CNN, Corriere Della Sera, Le Figaro