'Pro-EU' Donald Tusk Returns As Poland's Prime Minister, Ending Eight Years Of Conservative Rule

Nayan Dwivedi

Dec 13, 2023, 03:57 PM | Updated Dec 14, 2023, 04:56 PM IST

Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk
Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk

In a pivotal parliamentary vote on 11 December, centrist leader Donald Tusk reclaimed the position of Poland's Prime Minister, marking the end of an eight-year period dominated by the national conservative Law and Justice party.

Tusk, a former EU leader and European Council president is expected to usher in a new pro-European Union government, steering Poland towards a more centrist and cooperative stance within the EU.

The parliamentary decision follows an election that saw a coalition of parties from left-wing to moderate conservative emerge victorious.

Although running on separate tickets, these parties pledged to collaborate under Tusk's leadership, claiming to focus on restoring democratic standards and improving diplomatic ties with EU allies.

The Law and Justice party, which held power since 2015, has previously faced criticism for increasing control over courts and public media, prompting accusations of eroding democratic norms from the EU and other Western allies.

The parliamentary vote in support of Tusk was 248-201, marking a significant shift in power dynamics in Poland's parliamentary process.

While the transition to a pro-European government is welcomed by many, critics argue that the move may not be transformative enough, expressing concerns about the absence of specific language addressing key issues.

Meanwhile, the development also claims to bring relief to those who stated that reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights were eroded during the previous administration.

Also, accusing Donald Tusk, of representing the interests of Berlin, Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's conservative party voiced his grievances in the parliament stating, "You are a German agent, simply a German agent."

Tusk, known for his amicable relations with Germany and other nations, has been at the center of Kaczynski's longstanding allegations.

As Poland navigates this political transition, Donald Tusk's government faces various challenges, including addressing Russia's war in Ukraine.

Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.

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