EU's Tusk 'cautiously optimistic' over top jobs deal on Thursday

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday that he was "cautiously optimistic" that EU leaders would agree names to hold the bloc's top jobs when they meet in Brussels on Thursday.
Multiple diplomats and officials have told Reuters it may be too soon for a deal at the summit, which will be chaired by Tusk, citing disagreement between Berlin and Paris over a German candidate Manfred Weber's bid to take over at the helm of the bloc's executive Commission later this year.

"There are different views, different interests, but also a common will to finalize this process before the first session of the European Parliament," Tusk said in an invitation letter to the 28 national leaders.

"I remain cautiously optimistic, as those I have spoken to have expressed determination to decide swiftly. I hope we can make it on Thursday."

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