PAP has learnt from an unofficial diplomatic source that European Council President Donald Tusk has forwarded to the leaders of the European Parliament the propositions of France, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, that the top EC position should go to the socialists, the head of the European Parliament to the Christian Democrats and the European Council to the liberals.
Preben Aamann, spokesperson of European Council President Donald Tusk, wrote on Twitter around 11 pm that Tusk "will now organise bilateral meetings with leaders", adding that the collective meeting "will resume once bilaterals completed".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has long backed Manfred Weber for the top job, pitting her against President Macron and other critics who argue he lacks the necessary experience, as he has never held a government post.
But Timmermans, a deputy head of the Commission and a former Dutch foreign minister, is unpalatable to eastern European Union states such as Hungary and Poland for his role in the bloc's rule of law probes against their nationalist governments.
Facing accusations of being out of touch with citizens, European lawmakers have sought to line up the best performers in May's European Parliament elections for most of the top jobs. On Wednesday Bundeskanzlermin Merkel said in the round, with the party leaders of CDU, CSU and the EPP, that is, from their point of view, now Vestager, prospects for a majority in the Council and Parliament have, as the "Spiegel" reported.
Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg said "tonight or at the latest tomorrow morning there will be a solution on the table and this is what matters".
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote to European Union conservative leaders before the summit to underline his opposition. Though considered the front-runner, Weber is little known on the worldwide stage, and his language skills are considered poor.
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in a letter to the centre-right EPP party's leader Joseph Daul, said accepting Timmermans would be a "serious or even historical mistake".
Macron admitted he had been "hostile" to some candidates, a discreet reference to German conservative MEP Manfred Weber.
Margrethe Vestager, 51, is one of seven lead candidates for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats. Zahradil, 65, is affectionately known as "Forrest Gump" for cycling from Prague to Strasbourg for a session of the European Parliament and for once running 1,300 kilometers (about 800 miles) across the Czech Republic for charity.
One idea floated is that Mr Timmermans will be nominated for commission president, while Mr Weber will become either the parliament's president or first vice-president of the commission. The Greens have proposed a job share, with two candidates serving for two-and-a-half years each.
The EU's left-wing groups will be headed by Spanish trade unionist Nico Cue and Violeta Tomic (at left). She entered into politics in 2014 and has been an advocate for LGBT rights and stronger citizens' rights in Europe. The appointments must take into account political affiliation, geography - balancing east and west, north and south - population size and gender.
The meeting of heads of government from the 28 EU member states was suspended shortly after 11pm Brussels time (10pm Irish time) after a proposal to back the Socialist candidate Frans Timmermans was rejected by the European Parliament's largest grouping, the European People's Party (EPP), of which Fine Gael is a member.