A two-day summit got underway on Thursday in Brussels that could decide the future path of the EU over the next five to eight years.
With all the top jobs at the European Union soon to be vacant - including that of the President of the European Commission - EU leaders are jockeying for power and influence. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković represented the European People's Party - the largest bloc in parliament - at intensive negotiations earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, Jurek Kuczkiewicz, a reporter for the Belgian daily Le Soir, reported that among the candidates being mentioned for Commission President are Croatia's two highest officials - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
"It is hard to tell but the Croatian president and prime minister both click some important boxes: they are from Central or Eastern Europe and the president is a woman," said Kuczkiewicz.
For his part, Prime Minister Plenković said the speculation should be taken with a grain of salt: "I can confirm that a lot of what is being said is very far from what we discussed at the negotiation table."
At the same time, he conceded that he knew much more than the public and some EU leaders. Plenković said that he doubted a consensus would be reached during the summit and added that the negotiations were very strenuous.
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