Donald Tusk re-elected European Council President despite Polish protests

Ignoring protests from the Polish government, the European Union member nations decided to re-elected Donald Tusk as President of the European Council.

The Polish government, who Tusk once headed, was opposed to Tusk’s nomination, due to the rivalry between Prime Minister Beata Szydlo’s party and Tusk. Despite this, and due to the concerns expressed by other EU countries about domestic Polish politics, the other twenty-seven countries voted to appoint him.

Szydlo spoke about the results later, calling it the result of German dominance in the European Union, but disagreed with reports that the vote would cause Poland to pull out of the Union.

Tusk, as President of the Council, will be a key part of the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

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