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Polish PM named among world's most influential people by Time magazine

18.04.2024 00:30
Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been named among the world's 100 most influential people this year by Time magazine.
Polands Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk.Photo: PAP/Michał Meissner

Tusk's Time profile, written by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, says that the Polish leader, a former top European Union official, "has answered two questions that could not be more topical: How can we beat populists? How can we stop the erosion of democracy and the rule of law?"

As a young student, Tusk became an activist in Poland's underground Solidarity social movement, von der Leyen wrote in her profile of the Polish politician. "When the Iron Curtain collapsed, he became one of the first leaders of the young Polish democracy," she said.

Von der Leyen added: "Throughout his public service—as a party founder, as Prime Minister, and then as President of the European Council—Tusk has never stopped believing in the supremacy of democracy."

The EU's chief executive continued: "After former fellow campaigners against the communist regime in Poland took over the country’s government in 2015 and began to undermine the rule of law and Poland’s ties with the European Union, he took on the challenge. In 2021, he once again became the leader of the party he had founded in 2001—and in 2023, he won back the government of his home country in a fair and democratic contest."

She described Tusk as "a political marathon runner" who "has taught us all that it is never too late and worth every effort to stand up for our democracy."

In November last year, Tusk was named the most influential person in Europe by the Politico news service.


Source: time.comPAP