Will Tusk really oppose EU treaty changes? His true intentions will soon become clear

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk talks to journalists as he arrives for an EU-Western Balkans summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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In Donald Tusk’s speech to the Polish parliament, he said that “no one would get past him in the EU” and that he would oppose EU treaty changes that were unfavorable to Poland.

The problem, notes Law and Justice (PiS) MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, is that, whereas in May there were 13 countries opposing talking about treaty changes, that number by November had dwindled to Poland only. 

If Tusk really means it, when he says he will oppose the treaty changes, he will have an opportunity to prove that on Dec. 18.

As explained by Saryusz-Wolski on platform X, on that day there is an agenda item at a meeting of ministers for the environment on forwarding the European Parliament’s proposals to the European Council and notifying member state parliaments. If no country objects to reopening the discussion, the agenda item will be passed. 

If Tusk wants to stop this train, all he has to do is instruct his environment minister, Paulina Henning-Kloska, to reopen the debate so that the treaty changes do not reach the next level of consideration, in accordance with Article 48 of the Lisbon Treaty, posted Saryusz-Wolski.

The PiS MEP thinks that the meeting will be a test of whether Donald Tusk is being honest about his intentions, or whether he is just putting off the day on which he will back the treaty changes after all.

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