THE countdown to Brexit is just around the corner and the European Council president Donald Tusk does not appear to be very flexible on negotiations. Now that the process of splitting the UK from the EU is almost over, let's take a look at one of the crucial men in the negotiations. Who is Donald Tusk? Donald Tusk is a Polish politician and historian who has been President of the European Council since 2014. Before this he was Prime Minister of Poland and a co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform. He has two children and is married to Malgorzata Sochacka. He credits his interest in politics to watching a clash between striking workers and riot police when he was a teenager. He has previously supported stronger political and economic integration within the EU - backing the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. After succeeding Herman Van Rompuy he made attempts to co-ordinate the EU's response to the migrant crisis. He was re-elected to the post on March 9, 2017. Mr Tusk has said … [Read more...] about Who is Donald Tusk and what were the EU Council President’s controversial comments about Brexiteers?
The European Union must end the “blame game” on migration and instead focus on working more with foreign countries and further strengthening its border to bring down arrivals, the chairman of the bloc’s leaders said. The 28 EU leaders are meeting in the Austrian city of Salzburg to tackle migration, an issue that has badly damaged their unity in recent years. They will seek more ways of reducing immigration and, right before chairing the talks, European Council President Donald Tusk said progress had been made since the 2015 peak in Mediterranean arrivals. Fewer than 100,000 migrants have reached Europe without necessary documentation this year. “Instead of taking political advantage of the situation, we should focus on what works … We can no longer be divided into those who want to solve the problem of illegal migrant flows and those who want to use it for political gain,” Tusk said. More than a million refugees and migrants arrived from the Middle … [Read more...] about EU must end migration ‘blame game,’ says Tusk
The European Union must end the "blame game" on migration and instead focus on working more with foreign countries and further strengthening its border to bring down arrivals, the chairman of the bloc's leaders said. The 28 EU leaders are meeting in the Austrian city of Salzburg to tackle migration once again, an issue that has badly damaged their unity in recent years. They will seek more ways of reducing immigration and, right before chairing the talks, EU Council President Donald Tusk said progress had been made since Mediterranean arrivals peaked in 2015. He said fewer than 100,000 migrants had reached Europe without necessary documentation this year. "In fact, this is less than in the years before the migration crisis," Tusk said. "I will call on EU leaders to stop the migration blame game. Despite aggressive rhetoric, things are moving in the right direction," he told reporters in Salzburg. "Instead of taking political advantage of the situation, we should focus on what works ... … [Read more...] about Europe needs to stop the migration blame game, EU Council President Tusk says
Salzburg, 19 September - Slovenia's Prime Minister Marjan Šarec met European Council President Donald Tusk ahead of an informal EU summit in Salzburg on Wednesday for an exchange of views about Brexit and migrations. Border arbitration was not on the agenda, but Šarec plans to raise the issue in his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tomorrow. Salzburg, Austria The rest of this news item is available to subscribers.Buy the news item. Price: 2 tokens; on account: 0 tokens. … [Read more...] about Šarec talks Brexit and migrations with Tusk, to meet Juncker tomorrow
James Forsyth 19 September 2018 5:43 PM 19 September 2018 5:43 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp What to make of Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council’s latest tweet? Ahead of tonight’s dinner in Salzburg, he says: ‘Today there is perhaps more hope but there is surely less and less time. On the Irish question and the framework for economic cooperation the UK’s proposal needs to be reworked’ The first sentence is classic Tusk; he has a fondness for statements that are meant to sound profound. His comments on the Irish border are also to be expected. The UK and the EU are still 48 kilometres apart on this question and playing a dangerous game of chicken. Theresa May will use tonight’s dinner to try and persuade the 27 EU heads of government to back away from trying to impose a customs border in the Irish sea. The British side say that May has made some progress with some national leaders in the … [Read more...] about Donald Tusk’s Brexit warning spells trouble for Theresa May