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Europe's game of thrones begins, and promises to be mighty tricky

Exercise is entangled in a broader row over future constitutional arrangements of EU

European governments have given themselves until the end of next week to come to an agreement over the appointment of the next generation of top leaders in the European Union.

But as fruitless diplomatic negotiations throughout this week have indicated, picking successors to top officials such as European Commission (EC) president Jean-Claude Juncker or European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi won't be easy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2019, with the headline 'Europe's game of thrones begins, and promises to be mighty tricky'. Print Edition | Subscribe