France's Macron says European Union nominations positive for Europe

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Germany's streets were plastered with posters showing the faces of candidates for the EU's top jobs.

She is married to Heiko von der Leyen, a professor of medicine, and they have seven children.

"And I'm particularly pleased that we have two women in very senior roles: for the first time a female president of the European Commission and also a female president of the European Central Bank".

Born in Brussels, von der Leyen, 60, has top notch European credentials. More specifically, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said yesterday that: "We have said that we do not want Mr Timmermans as European Commission president for various reasons".

After a full night of one-on-one meetings, trilateral talks, and group discussions - including sitting down over breakfast - EU Council President Donald Tusk called a halt, and said the summit should reconvene at 11:00 a.m. local time (5:00 a.m. ET) on Tuesday. Wrangling between the warring factions led by Angela Merkel of Germany and Emmanuel Macron of France pushed ideas and policy proposals out of the process, and member state priorities to the forefront.

He was elected to the Belgian Chamber of representatives in 1999, at 23, where he was the youngest MP in the House.

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If approved by the European Parliament, von der Leyen will take office on November 1 - the day after Britain is now due to leave the bloc.

Ms Lagarde took up her Washington-based appointment as managing director of the International Monetary Fund in 2011 and was given another five-year term in the job in 2016, meaning she would have to leave the job a year-and-a-half early to take up the new position in Frankfurt.

Von der Leyen has had a varied career, coming to politics later in life after a career in medicine as a gynaecologist. That that you just might well deem of candidates encompass German centre-precise MEP Manfred Weber and Bulgarian socialist Sergei Stanishev.

Polyglot Ursula von der Leyen's nomination as European Commission chief aims to prevent the European Union from splintering, but her patchy record in Germany's Cabinet may yet raise questions about her suitability for the EU executive post.

However in a major break with tradition, women made major strides and secured the backing of EU heads to lead the traditionally male-dominated positions of head of the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB). Lagarde will be the first woman to hold her position.

"It will now be for the European Parliament to consider Ursula von der Leyen for Commission President".

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"It's complicated and I don't know if we'll get it done tomorrow", said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

EU Council President Donald Tusk says that Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel will take over from him in the fall. Meanwhile, sources said, a liberal could replace outgoing diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini of Italy.

Instead of highlighting a united "Team Europe", to use Macron's phrasing, European Union leaders indulged in the kind of backroom horse trading for Brussels jobs that has long raised the ire of anti-EU populists who claim the bloc is opaque and out of touch with the continent's 500 million people, who need answers to much more urgent questions.

Mr Sanchez said he had fought very hard for a socialist to be nominated to the head of the Commission but that he was pleased with the final top jobs package which he described as a "very balanced agreement".

As part of the ongoing selection process, members of the European Parliament - of which the Brexit Party is now the largest - will likely consider Ursula von der Leyen's increasingly hard tenure as German defence minister.

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