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Race to EU's top jobs is rife with tension

Tussle to fill positions serves as warning of the complexity of Europe's divisions

Europe's leaders are relieved that after more than a week of intense bargaining which threatened to paralyse the European Union, they have finally agreed to rally behind the current German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen as their choice to be the next president of the EU Commission, the Union's executive body.

But the deal promises a potentially ugly showdown with the European Parliament, which might not approve her appointment. And the entire tussle about filling the EU's top positions serves as a warning of the sheer complexity of the divisions in today's Europe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2019, with the headline 'Race to EU's top jobs is rife with tension'. Print Edition | Subscribe