Beware the 'bridges you burn' Tusk warns Poland

"We can not allow a risky precedent to be set whereby the democratically elected government of a member country is attacked politically by the president of the European Council", she stated.

The Polish authorities made a decision to ditch support for the former Polish prime minister and proposed Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, a member of the European Parliament, as the only candidate for the EU top job nominated by Poland.

Of the 28 European Union nations, only Poland voted against Mr Tusk, according to a tweet by the Czech prime minister.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło suggested that Europe's member states should be given more options, suggesting she will not allow the reelection of the European Council Donald Tusk.

As leader of the European Council he heads the body that groups the 28 national leaders of the EU, and hosts Brussels summits.

"I am not the one responsible (for the) clashes", Tusk told reporters when asked about the vote on giving him another two-and-half-year term. But he said "they don't want to sacrifice President Tusk because of that, because they think he has done a good job". But other leaders insisted there was little appetite for a delay and, according to initial reports, Tusk secured the votes of 27 out 28 European Union leaders at the summit. "At the same time, we also need to avoid the creation of new barriers, both in Europe and on the global stage", Tusk said. "Tusk understands this region", said Fico.

Kaczynski maintains that Tusk took liberties with his position in the European Union by interfering with Warsaws national affairs, particularly in December 2016, after Tusk criticized PiS when the opposition raised issues in Parliament.

Poland's euro sceptic government on Saturday proposed MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski as its official candidate to replace Tusk.

"I prepared my beloved quotation: "Be careful of the bridges you burn because once they are gone you can never cross them again", he said.

Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat chaired the session to decide Mr Tusk's mandate.

According to Tusk, one of the key summit objectives will be on jobs, growth and competitiveness while the benefits of "widely and fairly" spread economic growth will also be stressed.