05/14/2012 04:00 EDT | Updated 07/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Donald Tusk's Canada Visit: Poland's Prime Minister Meets Harper, Chats Europe Woes


OTTAWA - The ongoing economic woes in Europe will be no doubt a major topic of discussion when Prime Minister Harper sits down with his Polish counterpart today.

Donald Tusk is visiting Canada and a spokesman for Harper says the economy will be the focus of their discussion.

The two men are also expected to discuss the negotiations over a free trade deal between Canada and the European Union.

An Ontario man is begging for Harper to bring up the case of his two children who are now the focus of a battle before the Polish courts.

Stephen Watkins, 40, gained custody of his sons,aged 8 and 10, after he broke up with his wife Edyta Watkins.

She and the boys vanished in 2009, only to emerge later in Poland, the woman’s native country.

A Polish court ruled last year against sending the boys back to Canada and the Newmarket, Ont. man Watkins is appealing that decision -- a hearing is set for Wednesday.