BERLIN, March 8 There is an overwhelming
majority of leaders on the European Council who back the
re-election of Council President Donald Tusk, a German
government official said on Wednesday.
Tusk's first term expires in May and he enjoys the
comfortable backing of most EU states to be reappointed for
another 2-1/2 years as president of the European Council,
responsible for chairing summits of EU leaders.
But Poland's eurosceptic government has made a push to
remove fellow-countryman Tusk.
The German government official also said a summit of EU
leaders on Thursday should send a clear signal that the bloc is
in favour of further free trade agreements.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke; writing by Erik Kirschbaum)