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Nicolas Sarkozy is pursuing an ambitious agenda at today’s EU summit as Mark Mardell blogs.

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At the heart of this summit though is the proposed deal on climate
change. Leading the ‘awkward squad’ is Poland. Poland’s Donald Tusk
wants a combination of more time or/ and money to help Poland convert
from coal.

A reporter on the BBC’s Today programme, Jonny Diamond, asked if Poland
was the EU’s new Britain – the nation always holding out against EU
policies?  It’s certainly true that this is not the first time that
this relatively recent EU entrant has threatened to block a Union-wide
deal.  Poland also had eleventh hour objections to the Lisbon Treaty.

But Poland may be more like Ireland than Britain. Less notable for
being the odd one out and more notable for its success at winning a
large share of EU subsidies.  Already due to receive £57bn over the
next seven years for infrastructure improvements, Reuters is reporting
that a new €40 to €50 billion "solidarity fund" (where solidarity =
subsidy) might be Tusk’s price for agreeing to Sarkozy’s 20/20/20 pact.

> Roger Helmer MEP predicts a costly deal from the UN summit in Poznan:
"Cutting through the jargon, the probable deal seems to be this.  The
Eastern accession countries of the EU will blackmail France, and
Germany, and Britain, into transferring vast sums in exchange for their
agreement.  Then the developing countries will blackmail the developed
countries of the West into transferring even vaster sums to secure
their agreement.  For us, it’s a double whammy — the huge damage that
any “Son of Kyoto” would do in its own right, plus the costs of bribing
other countries to join in (or at least to save our faces by pretending
to join in)."

> FT writers profile the variety of challenges facing Donald Tusk and his Civic Platform party.

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