Donald Tusk
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"Donald Franciszek Tusk" is a Polish politician who has been President of the European Council since 1 December 2014. Previously he was Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014, having also been co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) party.

Tusk was officially designated as Prime Minister on 9 November 2007 and took office on 16 November. His cabinet won a Motion of no confidence/vote of confidence in the Sejm on 24 November 2007. He was the longest serving Prime Minister of the Poland/Third Republic of Poland. In October 2011, Tusk's Civic Platform won a plurality of seats in the Polish parliamentary election, 2011/Polish parliamentary election, meaning that Tusk became the first Prime Minister to be re-elected since the fall of communism in Poland.

Tusk began his public career as an activist in his home town of Gda?sk, supporting Solidarity (Polish trade union)/Solidarity and organizing his fellow university students. With the exception of one four-year stretch, Tusk has served in the Third Republic parliament continuously since its first elections in 1991. He was Deputy Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland/Vice Marshal (deputy speaker) of the Senate from 1997 to 2001 and Deputy Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland/Vice Marshal of the Sejm from 2001 to 2005.

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You are ready to play with peoples' money in your political battles. What if after you win your next battle but hundreds of people line up in front of banks?

I hope you are not thinking about delaying talks on creating the government by four weeks because of the presidential election.

I would like Poland to be -- and I think I can guarantee that it will be -- balanced, optimistic and confident of its own strengths.

If the (conservatives) want to be in charge of banks and the zloty then I can only warn all Polish people: watch your wallets.

The proposal to hold polls in May is unacceptable for us.

I want to say to the competition at Law and Justice — we congratulate you. You won the election.

There will be no elections in May. We will not change our decision regardless of what Law and Justice comes up with.

I cannot agree to such a coalition where one party has all of the power and the other party has to deal with all the difficult problems.

I trust deeply that my mild character and optimism will be a stronger weapon than blows.