European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L) and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy give a press conference at the end of council meeting on July 16, 2014 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET
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EU leaders failed to reach agreement as their summit ended early Thursday over who should get the top jobs to steer the 28-nation bloc over the next five years.The outcome was "unfortunate but not dramatic," said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who stands down later this year. Early hopes for a decision on who would replace Britain's Catherine Ashton as foreign affairs head, a coveted high-profile job, faded from the start, putting the summit in immediate difficulty.Once the top jobs are settled, then the EU embarks on the next round, deciding on portfolios in the new 28-seat European Commission.
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