Donald Tusk, Russia and the plane crash that changed Poland

In 2010, a plane crash in Russia killed Poland’s rightwing president, Lech Kaczyński, and plunged the country’s centrist prime minister into a crisis.

That man, Donald Tusk, went on to become president of the European council, a key player in Britain’s struggle to extract itself from the EU. On Sunday, he will chair the critical summit on Brexit. But away from Brussels’ bargaining rooms, Tusk remains locked in a bitter feud with his political rivals in Poland. Agata Popęda and Daniel Boffey join Anushka Asthana to discuss the details.

Also: the film director Mike Leigh discusses the 1819 Peterloo massacre, saying more people should be aware of the murder of demonstrators at a major pro-democracy protest in Manchester.

Donald Tusk

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