European Union leaders break deadlock to nominate candidates for top posts

European Union leaders break deadlock to nominate candidates for top posts

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, has emphasised that the leaders would approach day three of the summit with "new creativity", but cautioned that "everyone needs to understand that they need to move a little - and I mean everybody". The president represents the EU on the world stage and chairs summits of the European council, the body on which the 28 leaders sit to give the EU its political direction. She noted that, if approved, von der Leyen will also be the first German head of the European executive in 52 years.

He refused to call the fact that the V4 blocked the nomination of Frans Timmermans to the post of EC head a victory for the V4 as Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, for example, did.

Von der Leyen, Timmermans and Vestager will all help lead the EU's policies over the next five years on everything from climate to migration to trade.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated the nominations were "the fruit of a deep Franco-German entente".

He was elected to the Belgian Chamber of representatives in 1999, at 23, where he was the youngest MP in the House.

The Green MEP, Ska Keller, also ran for the post as parliament president and secured 119 votes, while the national-conservative Europe of Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) candidate, Jan Zahradil, got the second-most votes, 160, and the far-left candidate, Sira Rego, got 43.

"I am honoured to have been nominated for the presidency of the European Central Bank", she said in a statement.

The European Council elected today Charles Michel as President of the European Council.

Von der Leyen played a significant role in modernizing the image of her party during the Merkel years, over which it dominated the political middle ground.

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Timmermans's nomination was also deeply unpopular with the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament, which argued it should hold the commission presidency as it has the most legislators in parliament.

"And Christine Lagarde - somebody we know very well in Ireland - heading up the European Central Bank, who'll continue the policies of Mario Draghi - particularly around keeping interest rates low".

Her father Ernst Albrecht, was a senior civil servant in the European Union before getting involved in the state politics in Lower Saxony.

"After all, Europe is a woman", he told a news conference after three day of tortuous talks between 28 European Union leaders on assigning the bloc's top jobs exposed their deepening divisions.

When he takes over from current incumbent Donald Tusk, Michel will be responsible for coordinating and presiding over European summits (which usually bring together the bloc's leaders in Brussels) and will represent the EU overseas alongside the president of the Commission.

The fifth key role - president of the European Parliament - is to be chosen on Wednesday.

Failing to reach a decision on the first 20 hours of discussion since Sunday afternoon, the leaders need to deliver in their European Commission president pick quickly, along with the European parliament head, the foreign policy chief and the new president of the European Council, at an extra session that was due to resume at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, after a series of parallel meetings took place on Tuesday morning.

Both men running to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May - Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - say they want to renegotiate the divorce agreement thrashed out with the EU.

Reuters reported earlier that Tusk would make Timmermans the president of the European Commission while letting Weber be the president of the European Parliament.