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EU summit fails to reach deal on top jobs

Newly elected President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker attends a press conference on July 15, 2014, at the European Parliament in StrasbourgEU leaders failed to reach an agreement at a summit Wednesday over who should get the top jobs to steer the 28-nation bloc over the next five years. The summit “ended without an accord,” one diplomat said, on who should take the plum job of EU foreign affairs chief or be the new president of the European Council, which represents the 28 leaders and sets overall policy. Early hopes for a decision on who would replace Britain’s Catherine Ashton as foreign affairs head, faded from the start, putting the summit in difficulty. Without agreement on this key position, naming a new president of the European Council became even more difficult as current head Herman Van Rompuy tried to put together a package deal.

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