Donald Tusk promises to be “sensitive and gentle” if Kaczynski agrees to debate

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Polsat News – Polish opposition leader, Donald Tusk, has challenged the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to a TV debate, sparking a war of words between the two politicians. 

Jaroslaw Kaczynski has responded to Tusk’s suggestion by saying that he would be happy to debate the leader, provided that the discussion is held on fair terms. The PiS president was asked about Tusk’s request on Radio Wroclaw. He responded saying that as long as Tusk “doesn’t follow the lead he’s been following in the past, then yes”, adding that by this he meant that “if it is a discussion about how many years I will be imprisoned for serving Poland well, I will not conduct such a discussion”. 

Kaczynski went on to add that the debate must be held to certain standards, without “insults or threats” being thrown by Tusk. In response, Tusk wrote on Twitter that “I am ready to debate at any time and place, Mr. President” and added “I will be sensitive and gentle, although I cannot promise an amnesty”. 

Donald Tusk is best known in Europe for having been the President of the European Council between 2014 and 2019. However, less well-known is that he was the Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 and 2014, and the founder and leader of the political party Civic Platform. In July 2021, he returned to Polish politics, retaking the leadership of Civic Platform and challenging the country’s conservative PiS leadership. 

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