Poland's foreign minister says the nation will do "everything" to block the re-election of European Council head Donald Tusk at a EU summit starting Thursday. So, too, is the role Poland will play in Brexit negotiations now that UK Prime Minister Theresa May threw her support behind Tusk.
"One can only hope that the conflict will be resolved so we don't have a great divide in Europe", Gabriel said, when asked about Poland's stance on Tusk.
European Union leaders meet Thursday in Brussels for a two-day summit focused on charting a future course for the bloc after Britain leaves.
The government argues that Tusk supports the domestic opposition in Poland and has failed to protect the country's interests in the EU.
Szydlo said the other European Union countries had ignored Poland's valid reasons to oppose Tusk's re-election. "One country can not block a decision".
The draft conclusion called for a speedy implementation of the just-approved EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), stressing trade remained one of the "most powerful" engines for growth.
Many in the European Union are furious with Poland's eurosceptic, nationalist-minded government, which has clashed with other European Union states and Brussels over migration, rule of law, climate and energy, among other issues. "I don't see how one country could oppose this solution when all the others are in favour", said Hollande as he arrived for the summit, quoted in the Associated Press. It was to contain conclusions about the economy, migration and instability in the Balkans, as well as about the Tusk reelection.
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Merkel, Europe's most powerful leader, called for the re-election of Tusk, who has steered Europe through tensions with Russian Federation, the Greek debt crisis and Britain's vote to leave the bloc. What explains the government's hostility?
Tusk's successor as prime minister Beata Szydlo, acting on instructions from her party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a long-time political adversary of Tusk, had vowed to prevent him from securing a second 30-month term.
Mr Tusk was prime minister in 2010 when Lech Kaczynski, the then-Polish president, was killed in an air crash in Russian Federation. While the liberal Mr Tusk backed Poland's negotiated transition to democracy, Mr Kaczynski and his national conservative allies portray this deal as a lazy compromise that sold out the Polish people. "It's time for some politicians to understand this".
Mr Kaczynski holds Mr Tusk "morally responsible" for the death of his twin brother.
Tusk ruled Poland between 2007 and 2014 in the centre-right Civic Platform party.
From Warsaw, Mr Kaczynski dismissed claims the vote left Poland isolated in the EU and the central European region and interpreted the vote as further proof of German EU domination, and the latest in a long line of historical betrayals of Poland.