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Czech PM dismisses Dutch socialist to be EU head

Babis, Timmermans has a 'negative view of the region'

02 July, 10:50
(ANSA-AP) - BRUSSELS, 02 JUL - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis says getting Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans to lead the EU's executive Commission will be not be acceptable to several eastern member states and Italy. Arriving for the third of an EU summit, Babis said "we want a Commission chief with whom we can discuss normally." Timmermans, he said has had "a negative view of region" during his time as an EU Commission vice president. East European countries have taken much of the blame for the failure of EU leaders to agree on who should succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission president for the coming five years. Babis said "our problem is only one name, and our colleagues didn't understand this for 24 hours," in a pointed reference to the failed all-night negotiating session that ended Monday. EU leaders are gathering again to try to forge a consensus on who should lead the Commission as well as other top jobs within the EU. (ANSA-AP).

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