European Council President Donald Tusk has suspended the EU top jobs summit meeting and called for leaders to meet again on Tuesday morning to decide who will lead Europe’s institutions more than a month of EU citizens went to the polls.
The European Union’s leaders are inching towards a deal on the EU’s top jobs with the Dutch Socialist Frans Timmermans still hoping to gain enough support to replace current Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker after the candidacy of Manfred Weber was greeted with little support and failed to gain traction amongst those gathered for the summit.
The negotiation to pick four EU presidents has already brought the leaders together twice before. Following the end of the G20 meeting in Osaka that allowed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to present Timmermans as a compromise after the rest of the EPP leaders initially revolted against Merkel.
Bulgarian premier Boyko Borissov broke the news to Timmermans that the leaders are considering a compromise with him at the top of their list. The EPP and the Socialist leaders met again to coordinate their stance after the news of Timmermans’ candidacy began to circulate. The EPP’s lack of coordination in terms of strategy left the meeting in disarray which led it to last for 15 hours.