Tusk wins new EU term despite Polish opposition

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Donald Tusk of Poland has been re-elected president of the European Council in the face of bitter opposition from his own country’s government.

The nomination of Mr Tusk had been opposed by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, after years of domestic political conflict with the liberal council president.

Warsaw had persisted in its campaign against Mr Tusk, himself a former prime minister of Poland, even as his candidacy won support from an overwhelming majority of EU member states.

His re-election for a 30-month term was confirmed at a European summit in Brussels by Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s prime minister. He tweeted congratulations to Mr Tusk, saying “Habemeus Presidentum.”

In a tweet, Mr Tusk said he was grateful of the trust and positive assessment of fellow leaders. “I will do my best to make the EU better.”

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