Poland PM to visit three European capitals

Oct. 31, 2007 at 12:10 PM

WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Donald Tusk, whose pro-EU Civic Platform won Poland’s general elections, planned to visit Brussels, Paris and Berlin soon after he’s sworn in as prime minister.

Tusk is organizing a one-day tour of the three capitals to underline expectations that Poland’s new government will follow a pro-European foreign policy, Polish Radio said Wednesday.

In his talks with leaders of the European Union, France and Germany, Tusk is expected to discuss a wide range of bilateral and multi-lateral issues.

The center-right, pro-business Civic Platform and the centrist Peasant Party have been talking on forming a coalition government in the wake of Oct. 21 after parliamentary elections in which the ruling conservative, nationalist Law and Justice Party was defeated.

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice party, which had often been at odds with the EU and Germany, is to resign Monday, when the newly elected parliament is scheduled to convene.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the twin brother of the outgoing prime minister, is expected to offer the mandate to Tusk, as the leader of the strongest parliamentary party, to form a new Cabinet.

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