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Top jobs and a visitor of honour: Scholz & Co seek the advice of in Brussels

Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected in Brussels today. Photo: Virginia Mayo/AP/dpa

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz is predicted in Brussels immediately. Photo

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The final common EU summit earlier than the summer time break is predicted to convey a proper choice on the brand new appointments to prime positions. For Ursula von der Leyen, nonetheless, it’s only an interim step.

President of the EU Commission, EU chief diplomat and President of the EU Council: At an EU summit in Brussels this Thursday and Friday, a proper choice is to be made on the brand new appointments to prime EU posts after the European elections. It is nearly sure that the German CDU politician Ursula von der Leyen might be nominated for a second time period as President of the EU Commission.

An casual settlement reached by heads of state and authorities of the key European occasion households earlier than the summit additionally gives for the liberal Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas to be appointed EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the social democratic former Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa to be elected President of the EU Council. In this place, Costa would then be answerable for getting ready the EU summits and chairing the working classes.

Selenskyj is predicted at summit

On the sidelines of the summit, an settlement on safety cooperation between Ukraine and the EU can be deliberate to be signed. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky can be anticipated in Brussels for this function. In addition to the personnel package deal, a so-called strategic agenda for the years as much as 2029 is to be adopted on the summit. This will set the path and objectives of the EU for the following 5 years. Consultations on the scenario within the Middle East and on the EU's competitiveness and protection trade are additionally on the agenda.

The foundation for the casual settlement on the personnel package deal is the results of the European elections simply over two weeks in the past. The centre-right EPP alliance, with CDU politician Ursula von der Leyen as its prime candidate, achieved by far the perfect end result. It now needs to kind a casual coalition with the second-placed occasion household of the Social Democrats (S&D) and the Liberals (Renew). The EPP – which additionally contains the CDU and CSU – was led by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, whereas Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez had been main the negotiations for the Social Democrats. The Liberals are counting on French President Emmanuel Macron and outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as their lead negotiators.

Now the personnel package deal have to be formally determined on the summit. This requires the approval of 20 EU states, which on the similar time symbolize not less than 65 p.c of the EU inhabitants. Italy's right-wing Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was not too long ago indignant that she was in a roundabout way concerned within the talks on the personnel package deal regardless of the nice results of her occasion Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) within the European elections. But her approval is unlikely to be wanted both.

Parliament can nonetheless forestall von der Leyen

The EU Parliament can theoretically nonetheless thwart the heads of state and authorities. A majority of the Parliament should affirm the composition of the Commission. The casual alliance of the EPP, Social Democrats and Liberals theoretically has a cushty majority of round 400 of the 720 votes. However, it’s anticipated {that a} sure variety of MPs will deviate from the group line within the secret poll and won’t vote for von der Leyen. It is due to this fact assumed that von der Leyen can even attempt to win votes from MPs from different events, particularly these from the Greens. Representatives of the Greens have not too long ago repeatedly signaled a willingness to speak.

Ukraine receives safety assurances

The safety settlement that the EU needs to signal with Ukraine is the results of an initiative by members of the G7 group of western financial powers. They agreed on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania final yr that particular person states ought to conclude bilateral agreements with Ukraine so as to assure its long-term safety. Countries resembling Great Britain, Germany and France made a begin in January and February. The USA, amongst others, adopted go well with.

The agreements assure Ukraine arms deliveries, monetary help and political cooperation, amongst different issues. They are supposed to assist bridge the interval till the nation's desired accession to NATO. Germany has, for instance, promised Ukraine to proceed and develop its army help – together with by way of additional arms deliveries and the coaching of Ukrainian troopers.

Most not too long ago, Zelensky was in Brussels on the finish of May to signal a safety settlement between his nation and Belgium. Among different issues, the settlement guarantees Ukraine the supply of 30 F-16 fighter jets.