An emergency EU summit was convened on Sunday, as Brussels remained divided over who should get the EU’s top jobs, including a successor to Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. But the 28 EU leaders have still failed to reach an agreement, despite entering into their 18th consecutive hour of talks this morning. Diplomats have warned that getting names agrees is crucial for the EU’s standing, as more delays would insight anti-establishment nationalists who say the bloc is out of touch with its citizens.
Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans is the frontrunner to replace Mr Juncker, having been backed by summit chair Donald Tusk.
But he was unable to break the Brussels deadlock, as eastern Europeans and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel rebelled.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte dld reports this morning that: “At the moment there is no agreement.”
This week’s summit is the third attempt to fill the five top posts running the EU for the next five years and leaders hoped to decide on who would become the EU chief executive on Sunday.