July 2, 2019 / 10:36 AM / 3 months ago

Bulgaria's Borissov says hopes for deal in EU top job summit fight

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov arrives to take part in a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2019. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boyko Borrisov said disagreement over the EU’s top jobs had pitted nations against each other but that he hoped that EU leaders would find a way to unite behind a deal at a third day of talks on Tuesday.

Borissov said that Eastern Europe countries had born the brunt of criticism in Brussels, but he hoped for a compromise.

“For the time being we know who are we against - which is everyone. Let’s hope today we will find a ground to unite,” Borrisov told reporters in Brussels.

“They often like to criticise the countries from Eastern Europe, here we see it in full volume. They have mocked us enough so I hope today there will be a decision,” he said.

He said he would back Kristalina Georgieva, a Bulgarian chief executive of the World Bank, to head the European Commission but that for the time being she was not getting enough support from others leaders.

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel

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