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German govt sees 'overwhelming majority' behind Tusk for 2nd term-official
March 8, 2017 / 2:06 PM / 6 months ago

German govt sees 'overwhelming majority' behind Tusk for 2nd term-official

BERLIN, March 8 (Reuters) - 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)

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