European Council President Donald Tusk issued a sharp attack over the Polish government, fueling anew speculation about his political future back.
In?tweet in Polish sent on Sunday, the first Polish prime minister offered a litany of charges against his political rivals within the ruling right-wing Law and Justice government, likening these phones Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
It is unusual with the Council president to criticize any EU state, since his job is to represent the member countries’ interests in Brussels. But Tusk along with the PiS government use a long and bitter history. Warsaw tried but still did not block Tusk’s reappointment captured.
Poland’s rulers will also be fighting with Brussels over its moves to exert with additional control within the judiciary as well as the media. The eu Commission initiated a policy of?court action against Poland, citing concerns concerning the rule of law.
“Alarm! Harsh dispute with Ukraine, isolation in the European, departure on the rule of law and courts independence, attack for the NGO sector and free media — are these claims a Law and Justice strategy or perhaps the Kremlin’s plan? Too a lot like sleep peacefully,” Tusk said within the tweet.
Alarm! Ostry spr z Ukrain?, izolacja w Unii Europejskiej, odej?cie od rz?dw prawa i niezawi?o?ci s?dw, atak na sektor pozarz?dowy i wolne media – strategia PiS czy plan Kremla? Zbyt podobne, by spa? spokojnie.
— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) November 19, 2017
Polish Pm Beata Szyd?o replied to Tusk, tweeting in Polish that as president of your Council, Tusk has “done nothing for Poland. Today, in exploiting his position to attack the Polish government, he attacks Poland.”
@donaldtusk jako @eucopresident nic dla Polski nie zrobi?. Dzisiaj, wykorzystuj?c swoje stanowisko do ataku na polski rz?d atakuje Polsk?
— Beata Szyd?o (@BeataSzydlo) November 19, 2017
Tusk’s current term ends in 2019, per year prior to presidential elections in Poland. As former leader with the center-right and longtime head of government, Tusk is commonly mentioned as a possible candidate.
Sunday’s intervention isn’t the first time Tusk has publicly sparred with all the Polish government. In June, he criticized Szyd?o for invoking the Holocaust to protect her opposition to immigration. He\’s also opposed the country’s judiciary reforms.
This article was updated to provide?Szyd?o’s response.