New Polish Prime Minister in September
- New Europe Investor
- September 06, 2014
This year marks two milestones in modern Polish history; 25 years since the fall of communism and 10 years since Poland’s accession to the EU. 30th August added the appointment of Donald Tusk to President of the European Council to this roll. However for his struggling Civic Platform Party, now the race is on to find a new leader.
With parliamentary elections on the horizon in 2015, and Tusk’s Civic Platform falling behind in the polls to its adversary Law and Justice, the race will be on to find a successor as quickly as possible. Latest polling suggest they are trailing by as much as 5 points at 31% to 26% respectively.
Few will argue that Civic Platform have been dealt a huge blow with the departure of the 57 year old Gdansk native, who’s work with the Solidarity movement in the 1980s and founder of the party itself yielding him vast popularity.
Successors currently in the mix include; Interior minister and one time party leader contender Grzegoz Schetyna, Parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz and Defense minister Tomasz Siemonick.
Tusk’s new job in Brussels begins on the 1st December and it marks the first time the European Council Presidency has been occupied by someone from Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). The outgoing president, Herman Van Rompuy is from Belgium.