Frontrunners for EU’s top jobs infographic
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EU leaders meet to decide top jobs in Brussels

By Jordi Bou

June 27, 2024 - June 28, 2024 - EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to try to reach a final agreement on who will lead the EU institutions for the next five years.

The 27 heads of state and government reached no final agreement on candidates for the bloc’s top jobs on June 17.

However, a consensus appears to be emerging around the preferred names to sit at the EU’s top table: Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen for a second term as European Commission president, Portugal’s António Costa as European Council president, Malta’s Roberta Metsola as the European Parliament boss and Estonia’s Kaja Kallas as foreign policy chief.

The June 6-9 elections saw the European Parliament shift to the right and dealt major blows to mainstream governing parties in Paris and Berlin. The Franco-German motor that usually propels EU politics along was notably weakened, and hard right parties there gained ground.

PUBLISHED: 18/06/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images