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Tusk closing in on 2nd term as EU Council President


              FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, European Council President Donald Tusk reads a statement during a media confer...

              FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, European Council President Donald Tusk talks to the media as he arrives for th...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, European Council President Donald Tusk reads a statement during a media confer...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, European Council President Donald Tusk talks to the media as he arrives for th...

BRUSSELS (AP) — Donald Tusk is closing in on a second term as the European Union's Council President despite fierce opposition from his native Poland, whose most influential politician is a bitter rival of the former prime minister.

Tusk's 2 ½-year term for one of the EU's most prestigious jobs — as the chairman of summits of the bloc's 28 leaders — ends May 31. An EU summit is due to elect the president Thursday.

Poland's nationalist government, which has often been at odds with Brussels and EU partners, has proposed little-known Polish EU lawmaker Jacek Saryusz-Wolski to replace Tusk. But by Wednesday, diplomats from several member nations said it was clear that Warsaw had little or no support while Tusk had strong backing.


Updated : 2021-01-28 11:49 GMT+08:00