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Economy minister left hanging over top EU post

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Economy minister left hanging over top EU post
Spain's economy minister Luis De Guindos is widely tipped to become the new head of the Eurogroup, but won't know if this is the case for at least six weeks. File photo: AFP
09:03 CEST+02:00
Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos will have to wait to find out if he is to become head of the Eurogroup of EU finance ministers after the European Council was unable to reach a decision on key roles on Wednesday.

De Guindos is widely tipped to become the new head of the Eurogroup, which has political control over the Euro currency and the EU's monetary union, with Spain's El País reporting he has the key backing of the Germans.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also says de Guindos has the support of fellow EU leaders, according to national daily El Mundo.

But Spain's economy minister will have to wait until at least the end of August to find out if he has landed the plum role after the European Council failed to come to an agreement on key positions during a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.

The summit comes in the wake of the election of the conservative former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European Commission.

Wednesday's failure to reach decision on the top posts in the new commission also means Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini will have to wait until the summer is over to find out if she is to become EU foreign policy chief.

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