Merkel and Macron suffer humiliating blow at EU summit as their plans thrown ...

euAngela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron's plan for the EU is far from being complete (Image: GETTY)

The plan would have seen the EPP give up control of the European Commission and European Parliament and seen Frans Timmermans, the Dutch Commission Vice-President take Jean-Claude Juncker’s position as President. But the leaders of Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Ireland have joined Poland and Romania in their opposition to the plan. Their objection leaves just Austria, Cyprus and Germany from the EPP as not against the plan which would keep the bloc in charge of the European Parliament.

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The plan was negotiated at the G20 summit in Osaka but with a majority of the EPP rejected it leaves a solution to filling the EU’s top roles far from certain.

According to Politico, Leo Varadkar said: "The vast majority of the EPP prime ministers don’t believe that we should give up the presidency of the Commission quite so easily, without a fight.”

Some officials within the EPP group feel the deal benefits Germany too much with Mrs Merkel’s domestic coalition

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