A European Council summit to choose a new European Commission president and other top posts was delayed and then paused late on Sunday, after leaders were unable to reach a compromise.
The impasse is centered on the nominee to succeed outgoing Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, which requires the approval of 21 of the 28 EU leaders, representing 65 percent of the bloc’s population. Once EU leaders nominate candidates, these must be approved by the European Parliament.
EU Council President Donald Tusk, who was leading the talks on Sunday, put the summit on hold to spend more time negotiating the candidacy with individual EU leaders. He said that the talks will continue at breakfast on Monday.
The rare Sunday summit was called because EU leaders failed on 20 June to agree on candidates for the Commission president’s job and other top posts.