European Council President Donald Tusk arrives for a meeting as part of the EU summit on March 9, 2017 at the new "Europa" building in Brussels. AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN
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European Union leaders confirmed Donald Tusk for a second term as council president Thursday, overcoming weeks of strong opposition from his native Poland.Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said it was unheard of to confirm a president without the consent of his home nation.Tusk, whose current term ends May 31, is a former prime minister who has a long and bitter rivalry with the leader of Poland's current governing party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. The government argues that Tusk supports the domestic opposition in Poland and has failed to protect the country's interests in the EU.German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered Tusk public support in a presummit speech to lawmakers in Berlin.
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