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Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan (L) walks next to European Council President Donald Tusk after a joint news statement in Brussels, Belgium February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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BERLIN (Reuters) - There is an overwhelming majority of leaders on the European Council who back the re-election of Council President Donald Tusk, a German government official said on Wednesday.

Tusk's first term expires in May and he enjoys the comfortable backing of most EU states to be reappointed for another 2-1/2 years as president of the European Council, responsible for chairing summits of EU leaders.

But Poland's eurosceptic government has made a push to remove fellow-countryman Tusk.

The German government official also said a summit of EU leaders on Thursday should send a clear signal that the bloc is in favour of further free trade agreements.

(Reporting by Andreas Rinke; writing by Erik Kirschbaum)

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