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US NewsLeo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job

00:05  01 july  2019
00:05  01 july  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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EU leaders will meet again on Sunday to seek agreement on who should inherit the bloc's top jobs after French President Emmanuel Macron last week blocked German I'm loving the job and am only getting started, I think so I have no plans for a career change at this stage," Varadkar told reporters.

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated by EU leaders to replace Jean Claude Juncker to head the European Commission. After three

Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Pool

EU leaders are expected to meet late into the night amid ongoing stalemate over who should be the next European Commission president.

A special summit in Brussels got underway three hours late on Sunday night as efforts to agree on a successor to Jean-Claude Juncker continue with little indication of any agreement among the 28 leaders. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on the way into the meeting that he expected to be in “for a long night” and that there was no certainty of a solution to the impasse this evening.

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Statue of archbishop decapitated outside Thurles cathedral Superintendent Pat Murphy of Thurles Garda Station said the statue is “a piece of the fabric of Thurles”. “So we’re appealing to the public if anybody knows anything, saw anything or heard anything in relation to who committed the damage or who can help us in any way, we’d be delighted to hear from them.” Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly expressed his “deep regret” at the vandalism of the statue. © Getty Members of Garda Siochana seen in Dublin's center. On Friday, May 17, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland.

EU leaders reconvened Tuesday July 2, 2019, for a formal summit to consider a list of top job candidates that After long paying lip service to a better gender balance in the bloc’s leadership , EU national Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland also praised the women’s secltion. “That is a very

Leo Varadkar was speaking during a debate at west Belfast festival Féile An Phobail. Mr Varadkar said if his government prepared for a border poll, it would be "counter productive" Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Varadkar met business leaders to discuss Brexit as he visited Northern Ireland for the second

Mr Varadkar said that a proposed compromise hammered out by EU leaders who attended the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan at the weekend had not met with agreement from the majority of prime ministers in the European People’s Party who gathered for a pre-summit meeting in Brussels earlier.

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Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job
“I think it’s fair to say there is a lot of opposition to the proposal that was made in Osaka. From the EPP’s point of view the vast majority of EPP prime ministers don’t believe that we should give up the presidency of the commission quite so easily, without a fight,” he told reporters in Brussels.

It was reported by the Financial Times on Saturday that Frans Timmermans, a centre-left former Dutch foreign minister, had emerged as the frontrunner for the commission presidency.

Under a compromise hammered out in Osaka, it was reported that the EPP candidate for the commission presidency Manfred Weber would instead become president of the European Parliament and the job of European Central Bank president would go to a Frenchman, François Villeroy de Galhau.

Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job © Getty Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar arrives for a European Union (EU) summit at EU Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP) (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images) However the plan appears to have hit the rocks in Brussels this evening where the EPP meeting ran over and looked set to reconvene at the Europa building ahead of a working dinner at the European Council meeting of the 28 heads of government. Mr Varadkar said that Mr Weber’s name was “absolutely” still on the table, despite the widespread expectations that the German politician will ultimately not succeed Mr Juncker.

Mr Weber was the EPP’s so-called Spitzenkandidat (lead candidate) under a system where groups in the European Parliament nominated a lead candidate in the run-up to last month’s European elections. The party or bloc with the largest number of seats was then expected to seek the backing of EU member states - through the European Council - and the Parliament for their candidate.

But the fractured nature of the new European Parliament as well as opposition from some EU leaders, notably French president Emmanuel Macron, to the Spitzenkandidat system means that the identity of the next commission president is far from clear. An EPP source said earlier that Mr Macron had been throwing “names out like confetti at a wedding” in recent weeks, including that of the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, his fellow Frenchman.

Leo Varadkar braced for a 'long night' as EU leaders meet to decide top job © Getty Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar gives a press conference at the end of an EU summit focused on Brexit in Brussels on March 22, 2019. - European leaders and English Prime Minister agreed early on March 22 a short delay to Britain's divorce from the European Union in the hope of ensuring an orderly Brexit. (Photo by Aris Oikonomou / AFP) (Photo credit should read ARIS OIKONOMOU/AFP/Getty Images) However Mr Barnier is thought not have the support of German chancellor Angela Merkel, a member of the EPP, who has publicly backed Mr Weber, her compatriot. Other names mentioned for the commission presidency include Margarete Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, who will be familiar to many in Ireland owing to her pursuit of Apple for a €13 billion tax bill she says is owed to tax authorities in Dublin.

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