July 1, 2019 / 11:44 AM / 3 months ago

Dutch PM Rutte: intra-party divisions slow deciding top EU jobs

FILE PHOTO: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Pool

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday said that the process of allotting European Commission jobs was “unbelievably complicated” and that it is not certain whether a decision will be made by Tuesday.

Rutte declined to comment on reports that Dutch politician Frans Timmermans has emerged as a strong candidate for the European Commission Presidency.

“It’s just unbelievably complicated. You have so many political factions,” Rutte said, adding that some of the factions remain divided among themselves.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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