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Until very recently, the re-election of the incumbent, former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, seemed certain: the outgoing French president, Francois Hollande, former Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel tested the waters, but preliminary polling showed none of them standing a chance.But then, on Feb. 27, the Financial Times reported that the Polish government was sounding out the possibility of presenting an alternative candidate, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, an MEP from Civic Platform, the party Tusk founded.With all EU members except Poland supporting Tusk, denying him a second term would require an extraordinary justification.Karel Schwarzenberg, the chairman of the Czech Parliament's Foreign Affairs committee, told Gazeta Wyborcza that Tusk was "a very good leader".Even Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orb?n, with whom Kaczy?ski has been pursuing an illiberal counterrevolution within the EU, is not hiding his support for Tusk.An expert of European integration since the '70s, he has served in many government posts and has been a (very conservative) MEP since 2004 . He has never been Prime Minister, President, or even a European Commissioner.On March 9, Europe should robustly reject Kaczy?ski's paranoid fantasies by returning Tusk to the presidency of the European Council.
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