Donald Tusk has been sworn in as Poland’s prime minister by his political rival, the president. Despite the smiles, Lech Kaczynski has not hidden his dissatisfaction at the result of last month’s parliamentary election. Tusk triumphed over the president’s twin brother Jaroslaw, whose nationalist and socially conservative Law and Justice Party had ruled for two years.
The new premier led his centre-right Civic Platform party to victory with promises of economic reform. His meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso earlier this month was highly significant. Tusk has pledged to strengthen and improve relations with the EU, which soured during his eurosceptic predecessor’s time in office.