Polish feud gives EU 'Game of Thrones' feeling

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Beata Szydlo, Poland's prime minister went head to head with other European Union leaders in Brussels over Mr Tusk's future earlier today.

Manfred Weber, leader of the EPP, said: "Tusk is the only EPP candidate for President of European Council".

European Council President Donald Tusk said he is "ready" for the judgement awaiting him when EU heads of state and government decide tomorrow (9 March) whether he will serve another term starting in May-despite the Polish government's backing of a replacement candidate. "The EU remains strongly committed to a robust trade policy and an open and rules-based multilateral trading system, with a central role for the World Trade Organization".

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Kaczynski has long said member states should be given more power within the bloc at the expense of European Union institutions. The picture may become a little clearer later this month when EU's leaders minus Britain are due to make a declaration on Europe's future at the Rome summit marking the 60th anniversary of the bloc.

He added that Poland would also have to explain its refusal to sign off on the official record of the summit in protest against Tusk's reappointment, suggesting a potential new rift within the V4.

"In the political sense you bear 100% responsibility for the catastrophe in Smolensk", Kaczynski told Tusk during a parliamentary session. "We will find a way out", Dutch PM Dutch Mark Rutte said.

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"Be careful of the bridges you burn, because once they are gone, you can never cross them again", he said.

Ms Szydlo nominated Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, an obscure member of the European Parliament who helped negotiate Poland's EU accession, to replace Mr Tusk. It is not up to me or the Polish government or up to Donald Tusk whether this takes place today and how it takes place today.

Germany's Angela Merkel and other leaders say allowing states willing to pull closer together is crucial to the EU's survival, but wary easterners fear they could be left behind.

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EU powerhouses France and Germany on Monday endorsed the idea of a "multi-speed" EU in which some members could deepen their integration faster than others, a move that Poland and other eastern EU countries staunchly oppose.

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