Tusk seen gathering 'overwhelming support' for top European Union job

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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.

The newly re-elected Tusk said he was "grateful for the trust the European Council has placed in me, but now is not the time for self-congratulations".

"The main objective must be to reconnect the European Union to people and make it worthy of their trust by being more respectful to its member states, focused on where it can add value", he added.

The leaders from 27 European Union member sates will meet again on Friday to prepare for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, as British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is expected to trigger Article 50 to start Brexit talks later this month, will not attend.

The vote took place during the first day of an EU Summit in Brussels.

"We knew this would happen", Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters.

But it's reported that Hungary later made a sudden turnaround, backing off its support to Saryusz-Wolski.

According to Szydlo, Tusk abused his authority and interfered with Polish internal affairs, therefore showing lack of neutrality.

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Warsaw's ruling conservatives, long at loggerheads with Tusk's centrists, had argued the 59-year-old Pole was unfit for the job because of his criticism of their government. As leader of centre-right Civic Platform, his chief rival then was the nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), which is now in power.

But his acceptance of the nomination has caused bitterness in the EPP, the largest political group in the European Parliament now monopolizing top posts of the three main EU institutions.

Prime minister Beata Szydlo said it was a matter of principle not to elect a president of the European Council who did not enjoy the support of his home country.

EU powerhouses France and Germany on Monday endorsed the idea of a "multi-speed" EU in which some members could deepen their integration faster than others, a move that Poland and other eastern EU countries staunchly oppose.

Kaczynski argued that such a person can not obtain Poland's support.

Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel confirmed Mr Tusk's success. He took office on December 1, 2014.

The president chairs summits of the 28-nation bloc's leaders.

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