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Germany backs European Union chief for second term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw her weight behind Donald Tusk to retain one of the European Union’s top jobs ahead of an EU summit today, despite staunch opposition from his home country of Poland.

The 28 EU leaders are due to decide as their summit starts in Brussels on Thursday on who will be president of the EU Council for the next 2 years. It is one of the bloc’s most prestigious jobs, and involves chairing summits and coordinating the work of the member countries.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor also said that Germany must not allow Turkey to “grow more distant”, despite a row in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused her government of “Nazi” practices.

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