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EU leaders failed to agree on Ursula von der Leyen.

EU leaders failed to agree on Ursula von der Leyen.

Despite protracted negotiations on Monday evening, the leaders of the 27 EU countries failed to reach an agreement on the top positions in the European Union: the President of the Commission, the President of the European Council, and the position of Foreign Minister.

The EU Commission, which proposes new laws and can be compared to the EU government, will be headed by a politician from the European People's Party group, which includes the Swedish M and KD parties. The European People's Party advanced in the EU elections and consolidated its position as the largest group in the European Parliament. European Union heads of state and government want Ursula von der Leyen to get the job.

But this announcement was delayed. The hope among member states now is that it will be appointed at the regular summit to be held on June 27-28.

In the intended settlement must Socialists and Democrats Socialists and Democrats, the second largest group in Parliament, receive the position of President of the European Council, that is, the person who prepares and leads summits with heads of state and government of countries.

The Socialists and Democrats candidate is former Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa.

Photo: Lev Radin/TT

But he had employees suspected of corruption investigations. Costa himself is not included in the investigation. However, some leaders express doubts about its suitability.

– He has the skills, but we need to clarify the legal context, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk told the media upon his arrival in Brussels.

According to DN information Aren't it the question marks over Costa that delayed the settlement of senior jobs? The Portuguese are still the right people for the job.

The third position is that of the European Union External Affairs Coordinator. This is what the Liberal Renewal Party group aspires to. The most suitable person is Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas.

Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

If Kaja Kallas is appointed at the next summit, a small member state will get the important position for the first time. In the past, Great Britain, Italy and Spain had a Foreign Ministry.

Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) writes in a statement that he hopes to reach a settlement by the end of June in the European Council:

He added: As I said before the meeting, nothing is ready until everything is ready. You have come a long way during this informal session and I sense relatively broad support for the names mentioned so far. But it was clear that she was not ready for an agreement.”

One of the circumstances that interferes with the discussion, according to an EU source, is that some of the leaders are not members of the three main party groups at the centre. This applies primarily to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, whose Brotherhood of Italy party belongs to the right-wing nationalist European People's Party, which also includes the Social Democratic Party. So Melony freezes when the groups in the middle negotiate with each other, something that bothers her during the meeting.

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán does not belong to any party group at all, but he was not seen as a key player in the settlement.

It is not necessary for EU countries to agree on top jobs. On the other hand, there is an ambition in the department for decisions to be broadly based.

If Ursula von der Leyen gets the green light at the next meeting, this selection must be confirmed by the European Parliament. In such cases, this is expected to take place in mid-July.

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