The return of Donald Tusk: Will Poland’s pro-EU swing sign reform or gridlock? | EUROtoday

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It’s the second coming of Donald Tusk with implications effectively past Poland’s borders. Two months after a normal election marked by an enormous turnout comes a comeback for the center-right chief. Tusk’s first stint as prime minister was adopted up by a transfer to Brussels the place as president of the European Council, he discovered himself clashing with the management of his personal nation.

Now, after eight years of the right-wing nationalist Law and Justice Party, we’ll ask how totally different Tusk II will probably be from Tusk I.

With a sitting president who wields veto powers, with PiS appointments within the courts and on the central financial institution, will or not it’s change or political gridlock?

Speaking of gridlock, the vote in Poland’s parliament coinciding with the lifting of the month-long border blockade of Ukraine’s greatest street crossing by Polish truckers and farmers. Will the change of management in Warsaw quell wavering assist for Kyiv’s battle effort and the EU entry allow exemptions that go together with it?

More broadly, which method for a onetime Soviet bloc nation whose financial system has soared since becoming a member of the EU in 2004 however whose mostly-Catholic citizens stays bitterly divided over tradition battle points. Was the tightening of one of many EU’s strictest abortion legal guidelines what swung the pendulum away from conservatives?

Produced by Charles Wente, Louise Guibert and Lila Paulou.