Will Tusk be tainted by the Belgian police investigation into the European People’s Party?

President of the European People's Party Donald Tusk gives a press conference at the end of an EPP meeting, ahead of a European Union summit in Versailles, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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It was reported on Tuesday that Belgian authorities had seized computers, phones, and documents from premises belonging to the European People’s Party (EPP) in relation to suspicion of financial fraud. The police were searching for evidence related to Mario Voigt, the chief of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) in the German region of Thuringia, who allegedly played a key role in the EPP’s European parliamentary election campaign in 2019.

In recent times, the European Union has been rocked by the corruption scandal involving socialists and the NGOs associated with them, but now the investigation looks to be reaching the largest party in the European Parliament. Could this be a turning point in European politics?

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From December 2019 until the middle of 2022, EPP was led by Poland’s liberal opposition leader, Donald Tusk, which means that he will inevitably be investigated for any financial irregularities that may have occurred throughout that period. 

There’s not much information to go on at present. Polish media are naively waiting for Tusk to make a public statement, a move that most politicians would be expected to make in such circumstances.

However, Donald Tusk is likely to play it differently. He will likely try to make light of the investigation being carried out. He will want to escape any responsibility, but people know that the fish rots from the head. 

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