Guess whos back! Brexit-basher Donald Tusk plots sensational return to politics

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Mr Tusk’s political party is currently Poland’s leading opposition group and according to reports, the current head of the European People’s Party (EPP) plans to take back control of his party. Joanna Miziołek, a political journalist for weekly Polish magazine Wprost, said Mr Tusk, who also served as European Council president from 2014 to 2019, still “wants to play a role in domestic politics”.

She said: “He still wants to play a role in domestic politics.

“Besides, he has already told too many people his return to back out now. He would lose face.

“The EPP has been like political retirement, and he is bored of it.”

A senior EPP confirmed to Politico they heard “rumours” about Mr Tusk’s return to politics.

Andrzej Bobiński, director of the Polityka Insight think tank in Warsaw, said MPs are already preparing the “starting blocks” for Mr Tusk’s return.

He said: “Many MPs are already at the starting blocks for his return.

“They want concrete moves, and for things to move quicker, more forcefully.”

MP Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska said she would like Mr Tusk to “return very fast” to the leadership of the PO.

However, according to a poll for the Rzeczpospolita newspaper, only 28 percent wanted Mr Tusk to return to Polish politics, while 45 percent said they did not.

Another survey found 35 of respondents said they think his return would fuel the opposition, while 41 percent said that it would weaken it.

Earlier this month, Mr Tusk sparked rumours he may be returning to politics and said he is “capable of taking decisions” to turn back “dangerous” events for Poland.

He told Poland’s TVN: “I don’t need to fulfill any personal ambitions, but I do feel the need to realise the goal of returning democratic norms to Poland.

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“I’m capable of taking any decision to help turn back this dangerous turn of events for Poland.”

Since Mr Tusk left Warsaw in 2014, the Civic Platform party has seen a string of defeats.

Under Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, the country has seen growing conflicts with the EU and allies such as the US.

The conflicts were over Warsaw’s adherence to the rule of law, freedom of the press and judicial independence.

Mr Tusk has been a vocal critic of Britain leaving the bloc and said the UK can only play a “global role” while being part of the EU.

Back in 2019, Mr Tusk said: “Only as part of a united Europe can the UK play a global role, only together can we confront, without any complexes, the greatest powers of this world.

“In fact, I can say the same about Germany or France. And the world knows it.

“I have heard the same in India, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa; that after its departure, the UK will become an outsider, a second-rate player, while the main battlefield will be occupied by China, the US and the EU.”

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