Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Brexit Party MEPs turn backs on EU anthem at European Parliament opening

Brexit Party MEPs turn backs on EU anthem at European Parliament opening

"We do support President Tusk's approach in seeking to create a package of candidates across the top jobs which reflects the diversity of the European Union".

The new, German candidate, for the Commission's Presidency came after extensive remarks by leaders on the need for gender balance as they entered the European Council building on Tuesday, and is none other than Germany's defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen.

Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, hailed the new "great team for Europe, at a time when we will be facing many common challenges".

Ms Von der Leyen, who is little known outside Germany, is part of the same political family as Fine Gael, the European People's Party, and was described by Mr Varadkar as "somebody who is part of a group of people who have always stood by Ireland through these issues".

Rather than make Europe more efficient, the results seem to have complicated matters further.

"I'm not saying that all political groups like the decision or that every prime minister is okay with it".

No news conference are planned to explain exactly how the summit had broken down. However, another at least three-hour delay was announced.

If approved by the European Parliament she will become the first female Commission president.

The European Central Bank chairman's job was to be decided later.

European Union leaders picked two women, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and current International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, to fill the bloc's top slots, breaking an extensive deadlock over candidates.

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The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because the leaders hadn't reconvened for formal talks where they were expected to confirm the jobs.

Mr Tusk had said he hoped that someone from a central or eastern European member state would be voted in as president of the European Parliament.

"A European army is a vision that might become a reality in generations to come", she said past year. The official asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the talks.

In one of the longest EU summits in recent years, the leaders are looking to name a new president of the EU's powerful executive arm, the European Commission, a president of the European Council and a foreign policy chief.

Deciding the top jobs has been complicated by the fragmentation of the EU political landscape in the May elections to the European Parliament.

While those nations may treat von der Leyen as a small victory, she is still to the left of even Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and appears to be a believer in the European federalisation project.

The EU meeting started on Sunday evening and leaders of the 28 EU member states pulled an all-nighter into Monday noon, failing to reach consensus on the nominees for the bloc's top positions.

The threat forced her to move to London to live in an uncle's flat under the assumed name of "Rose Ladson", and kept a security detail at her side well into adulthood.

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