EU Council president Donald Tusk holds a press conference during a European Summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 9, 2017. / AFP / THIERRY CHARLIER
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The bloc's leaders voted by 27 to one at the summit in Brussels Thursday to give former Polish premier Tusk a new two-and-a-half-year mandate, with only Poland's current Prime Minister Beata Szydlo voting against.Szydlo, whose right-wing eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party has nursed a long and bitter enmity with the centrist Tusk, announced that she would block the summit's final communique in revenge.Rzeczpospolita dubbed Tusk's re-election "the unprecedented failure of the Law and Justice government.Radoslaw Sikorski, a former Polish foreign minister, called Poland's failure in Brussels the "political Waterloo", evoking the crushing defeat of its rightwing government.
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