Britain to back Polish PM Tusk as European Council president – report

London is prepared to support Polish prime minister Donald Tusk as the new president of the European Council as a counterweight to incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who is seen by many as a federalist, Britain’s Guardian daily has reported.

Tusk has not announced he is a candidate to succeed Herman Van Rompuy, the current European Council president.

But British Prime Minister David Cameron is ready to tell EU leaders at a summit in Brussels Saturday that Tusk would be a strong candidate to lead a reform agenda in the EU, according to the Guardian.

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(Polish prime minister Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, then the EPP nominee for European Commission president, in Poznan on April 25. Photo: Jean-Claude Juncker/