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>> A withering snub for Poland's right wing government as EU leaders reappoint Donald Tusk to chair their summits. Disregarding Polish objections, their prime minister had vowed to prevent Tusk from securing a second 30 month term, acting on instructions from her party leader, a long time political adversary of Tusk.
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The slap down revealing far more about the state of relations within the bloc, as Reuters' Alistair McDonald in Brussels explains.>> Lurking behind all that, this is symptomatic of a deeper divide, not just between Poland and Brussels but also Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, a number of other eastern states.
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And the rest of the European Union in the West. The Easterners are unhappy about their treatment, for example, during the migration crisis. They felt uncomfortable about taking in large numbers of Muslim Syrian refugees. And the easterners feel that their ability to take advantage of low wages in their economy, to expand, grow, and catch up in terms of prosperity with the West is being held back by kind of protectionist policies in France, Germany, and elsewhere.
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And so there's a great deal of ill feeling there that could continue.>> Eastern members of the bloc seem reluctant to cede national freedoms to Brussels. The richer western states want to deepen EU integration. For the next two years, Tusk will play a key role in overseeing Brexit negotiations with London.
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Some EU leaders say allowing states willing to pull closer together is crucial to the EU's survival, but wary easterners fear they could be left behind.