EU leaders summon for third-day summit to carve-up top jobs

Jean-Claude kuncker

Brussels, July 2: European Union (EU) leaders have entered the third day of the summit over finalizing the 28-nation bloc’s top jobs as they summoned on Tuesday, with a little sign fundamental difference was reduced.

According to Reuters news reports, in the largest fragmented bloc ever, all leaders are trying hard to balance political integration, varying different interests of different areas, as well as, lack of women participation in the senior positions.

The European Union (EU) leaders have on Monday halted their summit after they failed to reach an agreement who should be the president of the European Commission and allocate the bloc’s top jobs.

“It’s all up in the air,” an EU diplomat said. “Everything is possible. It was all over the place yesterday, so now we are back to square one.”

On Tuesday, just after the arrival, Andrez Babis, the Czech prime minister, told reporters: “We’re just asking that Mr. Timmermans is not acceptable.”

But Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne stated consecutive rounds of meeting since Monday between the EU leaders since should be much enough to seal an agreement.

SpainDutch, and Germany have proposed Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans to head the European Union as the next executive, but as soon as diplomats hinted Timmermans was close to win, eastern European countries and Italy turned the proposal down.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has stated he felt “enormous frustration” at the absence of an agreement.

Moreover, Timmermans’ nomination was deeply unpopular among the center-right EU leaders sitting with the EPP (European People’s Party) group.

The move prompted an angry response from Emmanuel Macron, the French President, who came back to Paris just shortly after the meetings were abruptly called off, terming the impasse as a “failure, until Tuesday’s morning.

EU leaders need to reach a common consensus and seal an agreement on Tuesday or risk a decision being overtaken by new European Parliament, which launches an inaugural session after voting in May.

The council is due to finalize its new head of the European Commission on Wednesday and could act by itself, blocking a deal by the 28 leaders.

The inability to reach a deal in negotiations reflects the EU’s deepening political collapse and noted issues that have escalated as the EU has enlarged in reaching a common ground on matters from Climate Change to migration.

 

 

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