July 1, 2019 / 11:24 AM / 5 months ago

Merkel wants clear majority behind EU jobs package

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday it was important to secure a decent-sized majority behind a package of top European Union jobs, and that all the eastern European Visegrad countries or Italy should not be overruled.

“To vote against the whole (Visegrad) group and then a country like Italy, that would be really difficult,” Merkel told a news conference in Brussels after EU leaders suspended a summit after failing to reach agreement on the bloc’s top jobs.

The Visegrad group comprises the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

“I don’t know if we’ll have unanimity,” she said, adding that the process should not create tensions that last for years.

Writing by Paul Carrel, editing by Thomas Escritt

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