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Ursula von der Leyen promises much more intensive dialogue with MEPs. Photograph: Getty

“It’s going to be a close call.” Ursula von der Leyen has no illusions about Tuesday’s vote in the European Parliament. The last 12 days has propelle(...)

The durability of the Paris-Berlin motor, led by President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel, was the most striking thing about the list of nominees agreed by EU leaders for five key positions in the institutions. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Football, Gary Lineker said, is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, the Germans always win. This week, we were reminded(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans addresses a news conference  in Brussels, Belgium, in February  2018. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

As I started to pen this missive – Tuesday – Frans Timmermans was still a runner to be the next European Commission president. By the afternoon the Eu(...)

Italian MEP David-Maria Sassoli, after being elected president of the European Parliament  in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

MEPs meeting in Strasbourg have elected Italian socialist David-Maria Sassoli as parliament president, completing a key element of EU leaders’ co(...)

After three days of unprecedented deadlock and whisperings, agreement has been reached on who should take the coveted top jobs in Europe. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Good morning, It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new European leadership. Well, almost. Contain your excitement. After three days of unprecede(...)

France’s president Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: at heart of surprise nomination of Ursula von der Leyen.  Photograph: Dominique Jacovides

The package of top jobs announced by EU leaders represents the continued domination of the institutions by pro-EU partiesand reinforces the Franco-Ger(...)

Belgium prime minister Charles Michel at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/ Piroschka van de Wouw

Charles Michel (43), who is being proposed to replace Donald Tusk as president of the European Council, effectively the shop steward of the EU leaders(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) speaks to  European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier   on the sidelines of the EU Summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

A weary Donald Tusk told journalists in Brussels early this morning that EU leaders had failed to agree on a new president for the European Commission(...)

 Tom Van Grieken, president of the far-right Flemish separatist party Vlaams Belang, leaves after a meeting with Belgium’s King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw – RC1323AA10E0/Reuters

Belgium’s King Philippe has started the rounds again, party by party, to broker what will inevitably be a most peculiar new governing coalition. If ev(...)

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