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Donald Tusk elected new president of European Council

August 30, 2014, 22:04 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
The European Union should be brave but reasonable in its actions on the Ukraine crisis the newly appointed president of the European Council said
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BRUSSELS, August 30 /ITAR-TASS/. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Saturday was elected the new president of the European Council, its outgoing President Herman Van Rompuy said on Twitter. Tuskwill officially take office in November.

The European Union should be brave but reasonable in its actions on the Ukraine crisis, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the newly appointed president of the European Council, said in Brussels on Saturday.

The dramatic events in Europe, he said, require from all EU countries to hold a common stance.

“The most important thing is to understand who we are and how we can reply,” Tusk said adding Europe would be able to help Ukraine only if took a common approach.

Tusk believes that challenges facing the European Union will not disappear before year’s end. “The attitude to crises like Iraq, Ukraine and the European economic crisis determine who we (Europeans) are,” the newly elected European Council president said.

Tusk confirmed his plans to hold unscheduled summits of the euro zone on macroeconomic situation as well as an EU summit on reviving growth and improving the employment situation in Europe.

“I believe that today there is no alternative to the European Union,” Tusk stressed.

 

Donald Tusk. Biography

Donald Tusk was born to the family of a carpenter in Gdansk on April 22, 1957. In 1967, he finished the Nicholas Copernicus Lyceum in Gdansk. He graduated from the Gdansk University in the 1980s.

Donald Tusk started his political career at the University in Gdansk where he took part in creating a student committee of the Solidarity trade union movement and organized strikes.

In 1989, Tusk joined the Liberal Democratic Congress and became a parliamentary deputy in 1991.

He was Vice Marshal (deputy speaker) of the Senate, the upper chamber of Polish parliament, from 1997 to 2001 and Vice Marshal of the Sejm, the lower chamber of Polish parliament, from 2003 to 2007.

Tusk is the chairman of the Civic Platform party. He was elected Polish prime minister in 2007. His cabinet won a vote of confidence in the Sejm on November 24, 2007.

Tusk is the longest serving prime minister of the Third Republic of Poland.

He was elected president of the European Council on August 30, 2014.

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