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EU's Tusk on jobs deal: ‘Europe is a woman’

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EU's Tusk on jobs deal: ‘Europe is a woman’

EU's Tusk on jobs deal: ‘Europe is a woman’

The European Council President says he is "really happy" about the deal to assign women to head two senior EU jobs for the first time.

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EU's Tusk on jobs deal: ‘Europe is a woman’

"After all, Europe is a woman," he told a news conference on Tuesday (July 3) after three day of tortuous talks between 28 EU leaders on assigning the bloc's top jobs exposed their deepening divisions.

Tusk said the appointment of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to lead the next European Commission still needed approval from the European Parliament.

He also said that France's Christine Lagarde would be a "perfect" head of the European Central Bank.

The deal followed a tortuous summit that had leaders nodding off and their police escorts slumped on chairs as groups of leaders huddled in search of an accord.

With a weakened German Chancellor Angela Merkel facing a rebellion by her centre-right European People's Party (EPP) early on in the summit, efforts to push through a deal pre-agreed with French President Emmanuel Macron met stiff resistance from Italy, Poland and others.

Tusk said he hoped the Parliament would select a leader from Central or Eastern Europe, which would help balance the geographic alignment of the top five jobs.

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