“A Pole has never occupied such a prominent position in Europe”, leads Dziennik Gazeta Prawna after the European Council appointed Polish PM Donald Tusk as the new head of the European Council.

The economic daily stresses that since Tusk took power in 2007, Poland’s GDP has risen by one fifth, budget deficit has swollen from 1,9 to 4,3 percent, the number of unemployed increased by 400,000 while the average salary has gone up by 959 zlotys (€240). In addition, 821 km of motorway were constructed. Tusk’s departure for Brussels, argues DGP, will certainly mean “reshuffle in the cabinet”–

Ewa Kopacz, the current speaker of the Sejm (Parliament) or Tomasz Siemoniak, head of the Ministry of Defense will most probably become the new prime minister […] The change may take place as a result of constructive non-confidence vote or cabinet’s resignation followed by the appointment of new PM by president Bronisław Komorowski.

Donald Tusk is seen by his critics as a politician lacking a long term vision and concentrated on “here and now” while his supporters praise him for effectiveness and pragmatism. Will he succeed in Brussels? According to Jean Techau, director at Carnegie Europe, this will very much depend on Tusk himself –

EU leaders must see in Tusk someone honest who will not favour one over others. If he does well, his term will be a success.