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Opinion: Grybauskaite could be a good choice for EU President

Central Europe could possibly get one of the five key positions in the EU, claims European studies professor Kamil Zajączkowski.

Kamil Zajączkowski points to former Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite succeeding Donald Tusk as President of the European Council. “This would be a good candidature for both the region and Poland,” said Zajączkowski, evaluating Grybaskauite’s potential candidature in an interview for Do Rzeczy. 

He explained that the former Lithuanian president has the necessary experience for the position and has proven herself in times of crisis. The expert added that such an election would prove that Central Europe has an important part to play in “European puzzles.”

The professor believed that Poland should concentrate on “briefcases” focused on economy, innovation and technology as that will be the EU’s priority in the next years. 

He claimed that it would also be important for the changes which the Polish economy has to undergo and would complement the ideas and thesis outspoken by PM Mateusz Morawiecki.

European puzzle

MEPs and governments are currently deciding on who should hold the key five positions in the EU and Zajączkowski explained that after the recent summit, no decision had been made. These positions are: the presidents of the European Council, European Commission, European Parliament, the head of EU diplomacy and the president of the European Central Bank.

The professor surmised that it will be hard to form a coalition in the European Parliament after the election, as it is much more diversified than before. 

Zajączkowski proposed that any coalition would have to be broad and would be one of two: either an alliance of the Christian Democrats, socialists and liberals with the Greens or with one of the Euro-skeptic groups. 

The expert pointed out, however, that the latter seems unlikely but cannot be excluded as the EU’s stance on Poland or Viktor Orban had become much gentler recently.

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