The posts referring to Donald Tusk are related to each other. My feeling about how the negotiation will play out is that he will soft soap us to get what he wants, all signed sealed and delivered and then will go on to hard ball us regarding the economic negotiations. Why from Tusk. Because I believe that Tusk bears influence and will show the type of influence by what has gone before.
We have observed a change in tack from the beginning from when it was originally expressed that we cannot be allowed to come away with a better deal than the rest of the EU after having left and this I feel remains the same sentiment.
Tusk has an angry countenance towards the UK for daring to break away from the EU but he tries to conceal it with the words that do not match his countenance.
I was dismayed that he was re elected as President of the European Council, the very body that was born out of the Lisbon Treaty and which was one that made Ireland vote again until a ”YES’ result was achieved, precisely because of what I feel from him and it is significant that he had the full support of the other members except Poland who have constantly supported the UK and who are also critical of Tusk despite the fact that he is one of their own countryman.
It is the undying support of the others for Tusk that signify the danger because between themselves they can orchestrate a difficult exit for the UK simply by the way they choose to vote on each issue, which for all intents and purposes will be classified as ‘democracy in action’ and there needn’t be any logic to it. The rules are that all member States must agree unanimously.
This is information has been put together, revealed from separate searches on particular topics at different times to satisfy certain questions, and the content found supports theories based on general knowledge and then that information in turn will have then given rise to searches to prove other insights and put together like a puzzle. All information is already in the public domain.
The following article from the Daily Express presents a claim from the brother of former President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, who was tragically killed in the air crash in Smolensk in 2010, claiming that Donald Tusk was responsible for Brexit due to his unwillingness to give way on requests for change by David Cameron.
Headline from the Daily Express:
Donald Tusk ‘directly responsible for Brexit’ and made sure ‘UK got NOTHING in new deal’
[Quote] PRESIDENT of the European Council Donald Tusk is facing pressure to “disappear” from European politics after he was blamed for Britain’s sensational decision to leave the European Union.
Leader of Poland’s Law and Justice Party Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the top Polish Brussels bureaucrat played a “dark role” in Britain’s fall out from the crumbling bloc on Friday.
He said: “A particularly dark role was played by Donald Tusk, who conducted negotiations with the British and in fact contributed to them getting nothing.
“Hence, he is directly responsible for Brexit and should simply disappear from European politics. But this concerns the whole of European Commission in its present composition.”
Donald Tusk ‘directly responsible for Brexit’ and made sure ‘UK got NOTHING in new deal’
Now it is curious that Tusk who is the president of the European Council for a second term, which came into being as a function of the Lisbon Treaty, has so much influence on how Brexit is conducted because according to the words of Rompouy ” The European Council is not answerable to Parliament‘.
It seems that there is a two way interchange between the European Commission headed by Junker and the European Council headed and controlled by Tusk.
Tusk had once been asked if he would like to be President of Poland and Tusk replied that he would like to remain as Prime Minister because it had more power than the Presidency which only has the power of the veto. This reveals the type of man Tusk is because he had pushed for political reform in Poland when he was Prime Minster where even the power of the Veto would be take away under his proposed reforms of the Polish Constitution thus leaving no influence at all for the President. It was quite obvious that there were strong differences between Tusk as Prime Minister of Poland and Lech Kaczyński as President.
On looking at the position of Timmermans in the European Commission to do with immigration, it is clear that he is a very clever and capable man who seems to have his heart in the right place and can speak five languages fluently as well as his birth language. However he is fully commited to the EU Project.
While Immigration and it’s promotion within the EU was a priority, Timmermans was Junker’s right hand man and it can be observed that people enrolled in positions of EU administration have extensive experience in their field.
So when Brexit broke out, as it were, the most important priority was the enrollment of Barnier as Chief Negotiator because of his background experience in industrial negotiations. You can see that Ministers enrolled within the EU structure have continuous practice and experience in their chosen field from University onward. This means that Barnier superseded Timmermans in position of right hand man to Junker, as it has been observed and quoted. This compares greatly to how the opposite is true of the UK where ministers flit around from one position to another unrelated one at the time of a cabinet reshuffle.
So what we are arriving at is that Tusk who had extensive experience in making reforms, or meddling in the constitution of Poland is the man chosen to be president of the European Council which in turn is not answerable to the European Parliament. It looks like we have a cabal within the European power system.
[Quote] In an interview with the Financial Times in January 2010, Tusk was asked if he considered running again as Civic Platform’s candidate for that year’s presidential election. Tusk replied that although the presidential election typically drew the most voters to the polls and remained Poland’s most high-profiled race, the presidency had little political power outside of the veto, and preferred to remain as prime minister. While not formally excluding his candidacy, Tusk declared that “I would very much like to continue to work in the government and Civic Platform, because that seems to me to be the key element in ensuring success in the civilisational race in which we are engaged” [Unquote]
Tusk did not want to be president of Poland, preferring to be Prime Minister for its scope of power yet wanted to take away the only power that the President had, the veto, reducing him to a figurehead only.
Lech Kczynski was the 4th President of Poland until his death in Smolensk on 10th April 2010. At the same time Donald Tusk was Prime Minister from 2007 to 2014, until he became the first President of the European Council.
After being elected prime minister, relations between Tusk and President Lech Kaczyński were often acrimonious due to different political ideologies and the constitutional role of the presidency. Using presidential veto powers, Kaczyński blocked legislation drafted by the Tusk government, including pension reform, agricultural and urban zoning plans, and restructuring state television.
In his premiership, Tusk has proposed various reforms to the Polish constitution. In 2009, Tusk proposed changes to the power of the presidency, by abolishing the presidential veto. “The president should not have veto power. People make their decision in elections and then state institutions should not be in conflict”, said Tusk. Tusk again reiterated his desire for constitutional reform in February 2010, proposing that the presidential veto be overridden by a simple parliamentary majority rather than through a three-fifths vote. “Presidential veto could not effectively block the will of the majority in parliament, which won elections and formed the government”, stated Tusk. Further constitutional reforms proposed by Tusk include reducing the Sejm from a membership of 460 to 300, “not only because of its savings, but also the excessive number of members’ causes blurring certain plans and projects“. Similarly, Tusk proposed radical changes to the Senate, preferring to abolish the upper house altogether, yet due to constitutional concerns and demands from the junior coalition Polish People’s Party partner, Tusk proposed reducing the Senate from 100 to 49, while including former presidents to sit in the Senate for political experience and expertise in state matters. Parliamentary immunity for all members of the Sejm and Senate would also be stripped, except for in special situations. In addition, Tusk proposed that the prime minister’s role in foreign policy decisions would be greatly expanded. By decreasing the president’s role in governance, executive power would further be concentrated in the prime minister, directly responsible to the cabinet and Sejm, as well as avoiding confusion over Poland’s representation at international or EU summits. The opposition conservative Law and Justice party deeply criticised Tusk’s constitutional reform proposals, opting in opposing legislation for the presidency to garner greater power over the prime minister.In an interview with the Financial Times in January 2010, Tusk was asked if he considered running again as Civic Platform‘s candidate for that year’s presidential election. Tusk replied that although the presidential election typically drew the most voters to the polls and remained Poland’s most high-profiled race, the presidency had little political power outside of the veto, and preferred to remain as prime minister. While not formally excluding his candidacy, Tusk declared that “I would very much like to continue to work in the government and Civic Platform, because that seems to me to be the key element in ensuring success in the civilisational race in which we are engaged”. A day after the interview, Tusk formally announced his intention of staying as prime minister, allowing his party to choose another candidate (and eventual winner), Bronisław Komorowski. [Unquote]
I believe that the proposed pension reforms by Tusk were to be detrimental, the reason that a work colleague of mine who had come to Britain during the 2004 influx told me that living conditions in Poland had dramatically improved for normal working people and that wages, Pensions and child benefit had now progressed to reach levels comparable to the UK, without general inflation as well as house inflation. This was in 2014. He had already sent his family back and also took out a mortgage on a property but he remained working in the UK himself. Polish people were already returning back to Poland a long time before there was any mention of a referendum here in the UK.
Poland, like Britain had kept its own National currency the Zloty and likewise maintains many of its own National policies despite EU directives and even today it is threatened with expulsion from the EU. Poland really is our true ally and whom we pledged to to go to war to protect during WW2. Many of their pilots flew in the Battle of Britain.
The first shall be last
Came across this first when wanting to know more about Timmermans and his immigration policy
Timmermans was Vice President to Jean Claud Junker in the European Commission, an organisation founded in January 1958
By delivering on migration, Timmermans eased the pressure on Juncker, who had faced persistent speculation that poor health would lead to his resignation. Then the U.K. voted in June 2016 to quit the EU, sealing Juncker’s fate and perhaps Timmermans’ as well. A leadership change would have signaled chaos in Brussels. The seemingly doddering Luxembourger would not need a designated survivor after all.
As it turns out, Juncker also had not yet given out his most crucial assignment, and it would not go to Timmermans. In the stunned frenzy that followed the British vote to quit the EU, Juncker tapped Barnier, a fellow member of the center-right European People’s Party, as chief Brexit negotiator.
It was a fast decision pushed by Selmayr in part because of fears that the European Council was angling to take the lead in the talks, and it blindsided top commissioners including the Vice President for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva.
In 2014, Selmayr became the campaign director for Jean-Claude Juncker during his candidacy for President of the European Commission, and he subsequently became head of the Juncker transition team and head of cabinet to the President of the European Commission when Juncker took office.Media reports suggest Selmayr is a very influential figure in EU politics, with Politico describing him as “the most powerful EU chief of staff ever” in November 2016 and noting that even Juncker jokingly refers to him by the nickname “the monster.” Tomáš Prouza, the Czech state secretary for European affairs said “when I need a decision to be taken on any file, I talk to Martin”.
In October 2017 he was accused in the British media of leaking details about the Brexit negotiations. Selmayr has consistently denied such accusations. “We have an interest in strong negotiators in London”, he said at a public event organised by Politico in Brussels in May 2017. In close teamwork with the Commission’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, he helped ensuring an agreement on “sufficient progress” in the Brexit negotiations in December 2017.
[Quote] The European Council, charged with defining the European Union’s (EU) overall political direction and priorities, is the institution of the EU that comprises the heads of state or government of the member states, along with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also takes part in its meetings.Established as an informal summit in 1975, the European Council was formalised as an institution in 2009 upon the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. Its current President is Donald Tusk. [Unquote]
This video by David Ike explains so much in his own inimitable way: