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Poland Swears In Donald Tusk as Prime Minister; Extremist Lawmaker Extinguishes Parliament Menorah

HeadlineDec 13, 2023

In Poland, Donald Tusk was sworn in today as the new prime minister, putting an end to eight years of right-wing nationalist rule. In a speech Tuesday, Tusk, the former European Council president, expressed unwavering support for Ukraine against Russia’s invasion and vowed to usher in smoother relations with the EU.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk: “Poland is and will be a key, strong, sovereign link of the North Atlantic Alliance, that Poland will be a loyal, stable ally to the United States, confident in its reasons, confident in its strength and importance, that Poland will regain the position of leader of the European Union.”

Hours before lawmakers voted Tuesday to confirm Tusk and his government, an extreme-right lawmaker used a fire extinguisher to put out the candles on the Polish Parliament’s Hanukkah menorah, sparking widespread outrage in Poland and beyond.

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