Talks stall at special EU leadership summit
07 July 2019 | 3:28 pm
EU leaders are deeply divided over who should succeed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Council President Donald Tusk paused the summit to spend more time negotiating with individual EU leaders.
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