On August 30, Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk was elected President of the European Council. He is the second person to assume this position. Herman Van Rompuy was the first person to take office in November 2009.
“I come to Brussels from a country that strongly believes in a united Europe,” Tusk said after the appointment was announced. “Eighty percent of my compatriots believe that the European Union has meaning and purpose and see no alternative,” said Donald Tusk.
The nomination of Donald Tusk reflects Poland’s standing in Europe and his appointment immediately found a deep response in European media. German weekly “Der Spiegel,” for example, points to the economic progress that Poland had during Tusk’s term in office.
British newspaper “Sunday Telegraph” calls the new President of the European Council “a reformist politician.”
“Solidarity veteran becomes President of the European Council,” writes Italian Il Sole-24 Ore.
Portuguese Público daily writes that Tusk’s appointment will boost EU’s eastern policy and strengthen the role of the Weimar Triangle – France, Germany and Poland.
Donald Tusk visited Armenia in March 2010. During the visit, the Polish Prime Minister met with the country’s leadership and gave a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Tigran Sargsyan. He also visited the the Armenian Genocide Memorial on Tsisternakaberd hilltop, laid flowers near the Eternal Flame, bowed his head in memory of the Genocide victims, the Embassy of Poland in Yerevan reports.