The Latest: Merkel: EU summit might not reach top jobs deal
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The Latest: Merkel: EU summit might not reach top jobs deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, June 20, 2019. European Union leaders meet in Brussels for a two-day summit to begin the process of finalizing candidates for the bloc's top jobs. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS — The Latest on the EU summit (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the EU summit starting Thursday might not necessarily succeed in filling all the top jobs at stake, an issue which has divided the 28 member states over the past weeks.

Before bilateral meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, Merkel said that positions were still so far apart that “it’s possible there will be no result today,” but she said it was no big problem since “we still have a few days left.”

Merkel has come out in favour of German parliamentarian Manfred Weber, but Macron hasn’t backed his candidacy for the job of European Commission president.

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10:10 a.m.

European Union leaders are converging on Brussels for the start of the process to finalize candidates for the bloc’s top jobs who will supervise a sprawl of policy files for at least the next five years.

The EU is responsible for co-ordinating the 28 member countries’ common policies on sectors ranging from the single market to immigration.

The main posts up for grabs Thursday are the head of the EU’s powerful executive arm, the European Commission, and president of the European Council, which represents the member states. The European Parliament has a say too.

The current European Council president, Donald Tusk, says his many contacts “have shown that there are different views, different interests, but also a common will to finalize this process before” parliament sits on July 2.

The Associated Press

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