EU’s Tusk joins Independence Day events in Polish homeland

European Union president Donald Tusk has joined galas in his native Poland on Independence Day, which celebrates the nation regaining national sovereignty at the end of World War I after being wiped off the map for more than a century.

Flags fluttered across the country on Saturday and television news presenters wore pins in the colourings of the national flag, white and red, celebrating the nation’s rebirth in 1918.

President Andrzej Duda oversee ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, strolling past a military guard before the raising of the flags and cannon salutes.

Tusk, head of the European Council, attended at Duda’s invitation.

Several processions are expected later in the day, including one with far-right patriots and another by an anti-government group.

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