Gdansk

Made in Gdansk

05 Mar 2018

Forget your Fahrenheits and ignore your Wałęsas, the tri-city has produced a factory line of famous faces, not least Donald Tusk, the current President of the European Council.

Mr. Tusk was born in Gdansk in 1957 and was a leading activist in the student opposition to the Communist system. He was involved with politics from the early post-Communist days before becoming one of the founder members of the Civic Platform in 2001, a party that would end up taking power in 2007 which saw him installed as Prime Minister. He was the first post-communist Prime Minister to be re-elected for a second term and is generally recognised as having led Poland through one of its most successful periods when it was the only country in Europe to avoid going into recession. His easy-going manner saw him offered the job of President of the European Council in 2014. Mr. Tusk is a proud Kashubian and has published a series of books about the Gdansk and the Kashubian region, its language and traditions. It’s often noted that he has a very good relationship with Angela Merkel, something which might be to do with the fact that her mother, Herlind Jentzsch, was born in the Danzig district of Langfuhr (Gdansk-Wrzeszcz); her grandfather was a senator in the Free City of Danzig Senate and her great-grandfather on her mother’s side served as the deputy mayor of Elbing (now Polish Elblag).

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