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EU summit: Leaders resume talks after disagreement over top jobs

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EU leaders meeting in Brussels remain divided over who should get the EU’s top jobs, including a successor to Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Talks resumed over breakfast on Monday morning, after the member countries failed to reach agreement at the emergency summit convened on Sunday.

Summit chair Donald Tusk decided to have a break for bilateral talks.

Tusk and some leaders are said to be proposing Dutch centre-left politician Frans Timmermans for the top job.

But the appointment faces stiff opposition from eastern European states and centre-right leaders from the EU’s biggest political group.

Juncker’s successor will be responsible for proposing new EU laws, enforcing the bloc’s rules and handling trade deals.

All of the EU’s top jobs are changing hands this year, following European-wide elections in May.

Tense differences have emerged over the positions and their key roles.

BBC

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