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EU leaders discuss who should be the new "Mr or Ms Europe"

Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on May 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:11s

EU leaders discuss who should be the new "Mr or Ms Europe"

Leaders of the European Union debate who will be the next heads of major institutions including the European Commission chief.

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EU leaders discuss who should be the new "Mr or Ms Europe"

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EU leaders on Tuesday (May 28) began bargaining over names for the bloc's top jobs in the next five years following a bloc-wide election last week.

Held once every five years, the European Union election means the heads of major EU institutions will now be replaced.

Leaders and officials met to discuss who will replace Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker as the head of the EU's powerful executive, the European Commission, after he steps down on Oct.

31.

Other big roles up for grabs later this year include the head of the European Parliament and the European Central Bank, the bloc's foreign policy chief and the head of the European Council who represents leaders of the 28 EU member states.

The EU would risk an institutional logjam if talks drag on, leaving it unable to make pivotal policy decisions at a time when it faces a more assertive Russia, China's growing economic might and an unpredictable U.S. president.

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