BRUSSELS – A senior German official is calling for European Union countries to rally behind Donald Tusk as the former Polish prime minister seeks a second term in one of the bloc's top positions.
EU leaders are to vote Thursday on who will head the EU Council for the next 2½ years. The president chairs summits of the 28-nation bloc's leaders.
Tusk is a bitter rival of Poland's governing party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Poland wants a center-right European lawmaker, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, to replace Tusk.
German deputy foreign minister Michael Roth said Tuesday he knows of reservations only in Poland and Hungary. He said Tusk enjoys widespread confidence "and that is a clear signal that those who currently still have problems with the reappointment of Donald Tusk as Council president should understand."