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As EIR had forecast, Ursula von der Leyen’s path to a second mandate as EU Commission president goes sharply uphill. At the informal EU summit yesterday, heads of state and government could not reach an agreement, due to vetoes by competing parties. So, a decision has been postponed in the hope that a solution, which involves finding a balance amongst all the major political factions of the EU Commission head with four other posts—the Foreign Policy representative, EU Council president, the new Defense Representative, and the EU Parliament president. Ten days are left to accomplish this before the official EU summit on June 28.

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