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Surprise finish, uncertain consequences in race to choose new EU leaders

Rush to a decision yielded a package that favored Western Europe — and the art of the backroom deal.

Coalition politics demands time and patience, but in selecting German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the next Commission president, EU leaders went for a quick fix — and the bloc may now pay a steep price.

The leaders’ decision came Tuesday evening, just 48 hours after an initial compromise package, put forward by Council President Donald Tusk on behalf of the leaders of Germany, France, the Netherlands and Spain, crashed and…

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