Europe

Germany backs EU chief for second term

  • European Council President Donald Tusk, left, speaks with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat as they wait for the start of a pre-EU summit Tripartite meeting at the Europa building in Brussels on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 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. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    European Council President Donald Tusk, left, speaks with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat as they wait for the start of a pre-EU summit Tripartite meeting at the Europa building in Brussels on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 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. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, speaks with European Council President Donald Tusk as they wait for the start of a pre-EU summit Tripartite meeting at the Europa building in Brussels on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 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. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, speaks with European Council President Donald Tusk as they wait for the start of a pre-EU summit Tripartite meeting at the Europa building in Brussels on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 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. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech on Europe ahead of an EU summit in Brussels at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech on Europe ahead of an EU summit in Brussels at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her weight behind Donald Tusk to retain one of the European Union's top jobs despite staunch opposition from his home country of Poland.

Merkel told German lawmakers in Berlin Thursday that "I see the re-election of Donald Tusk as a sign of stability for the entire EU."

The EU's 28 leaders are converging on Brussels for a two-day summit and are almost certain to give Tusk a second 2½-year term as EU Council President.

The job is largely secretarial and involves chairing summits and running the bloc's headquarters.

Poland's nationalist government has proposed little-known Polish EU lawmaker Jacek Saryusz-Wolski to replace Tusk. Diplomats from several member nations say Warsaw has little or no support, while Tusk has strong backing.