World media reporting on Donald Tusk’s visit to Brussels point out how unusual this situation is. It is rare for the leaders of the European Commission or the European Parliament to take up a politician who is not even a formal candidate for prime minister yet. There are also numerous comments that the funds for the KPO will not be released as easily as Tusk’s supporters may think.
“Poland’s likely next prime minister, Donald Tusk, appeared in Brussels to try to unlock tens of billions of euros for the country,” write journalists from the Financial Times. At the same time, they add that “Tusk is still waiting for the Polish president to designate him as prime minister, but on Wednesday he started two days of talks with EU leaders aimed at accelerating the release of funds and reversing the ties between Warsaw and the European Commission that have been spoiled for years.”
The British daily notes that so far Poland has not managed to use a single eurocent of the amount of EUR 22.5 billion in subsidies and EUR 11.5 billion in loans under the KPO. “However, releasing these funds may not be that simple after all. – EU officials warn that Tusk’s bid to unlock funds for his country may be more difficult and take longer than many of his supporters expect, given the complexity of distrustful relations and political dangers related to their unraveling,” the journalists point out.
The Financial Times points out that the transfer of power to the democratic majority may take until December, because the president has not signaled any intention to rush it.
Tusk’s visit to Brussels was also recorded by euronews, explaining to its readers the post-election puzzle in the new political reality in Poland. “Although the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party took first place in the October 15 elections, Tusk’s Civic Platform (KO) together with two other opposition parties won over 54 percent of the votes and secured a majority of 248 seats out of 460 seats in the Sejm,” the website explains. .
In the background there are questions about the president’s decision
Not only English-speaking readers can learn about Donald Tusk’s visit to Brussels. The Spanish “La Vanguardia” mentions in the context of unlocking EU money for Poland that it will probably be a longer process. Moreover, it may be influenced by the president associated with the Law and Justice party. “The rule of law procedure opened by the EU involves the need to introduce changes that will depoliticize the Polish justice system. However, it will take several months to reverse the reforms approved by the executive branch of Mateusz Morawiecki. This process could also be torpedoed by Polish President Andrzej Duda,” we read.
The French radio RFI writes on its website about the hope for Poland’s return to the center of Europe. “When welcoming Donald Tusk to the European Commission, its President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed him almost as if he was already prime minister. For the European Union, the opposition result in the parliamentary elections of October 15 gives rise to hope that Poland will return to the European consensus after years of tension.”
The German press is wondering when the president will be ready to entrust Donald Tusk with the premiership. “Süddeutsche Zeitung” writes in this context about wasting time. It also describes the chances of the right wing forming a government. “PiS is not giving up yet. For several days now, it has been giving the impression that it could form a coalition with the PSL party. It belongs to the Third Way electoral alliance and has publicly rejected PiS several times, but right-wing nationalists apparently do not want to hear it,” the daily notes.
Journalists from Munich claim that politicians currently in power have more time to collect materials incriminating other parties. They also recall the Polish Ministry of Interior’s order for dozens of shredders. – That is why we hear criticism from many sides of President Duda, who only gives PiS time to sort out and cover up its own tracks: whether by awarding contracts that are not entirely legal, purchasing real estate from the state treasury, or using spy programs against members of the opposition. However, the opposition is determined to legally settle the eight-year term of office of PiS and initiate investigations, they write.
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