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Polish PM steering his golden parachute


The news, as reported by the Associated Press, seemed routine:

A new prime minister of Poland is expected to be appointed by the end of the month to replace Donald Tusk. Tusk, a 57-year-old historian, has been democratic Poland’s longest-serving prime minister – since 2007. He has to resign to take office as the European Council’s president in December.

Why would someone want to step aside as leader of a proud, ancient country to take up a bureaucratic post in Brussels? Donald Hannan, writing in the London Telegraph, explains that Tusk’s wife, Malgorzata, “gave a refreshingly honest explanation: ‘Better money.’ By taking the post, Tusk will increase his income by more than 500 per cent, and will no longer have to worry about the voters.”

Hannan regards the European Union as a place that gives cushy jobs to friends. And in appointing Tusk, “the EU keep(s) up its tradition of appointing people at precisely the moment that their home electorates turn against them.”