European Union: despite his legal setbacks, António Costa still favorite to replace Charles Michel

European Union: despite his legal setbacks, António Costa still favorite to replace Charles Michel
European Union: despite his legal setbacks, António Costa still favorite to replace Charles Michel

The heads of state and government are meeting this Monday evening in Brussels. On their menu: top jobs. The Socialists are pushing the candidacy of the former Portuguese Prime Minister for the presidency of the European Council, Ursula von den Leyen is favored by the forecast for that of the Commission.


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By Kenza Soares El Sayed

Published on 06/16/2024 at 5:34 p.m.
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Correspondent in Lisbon

L“72 decisive hours for the future of António Costa in Europe” headlined the Portuguese daily on the front page of its Friday, June 14 edition. Espresso. Lisbon has its eyes fixed on Brussels, just before the informal dinner of the European Council this Monday, which will bring together the heads of state and government of the Twenty-Seven. The objective, after these elections: to begin discussions around appointments to key positions in Europe (president of the Commission, of the European Council, of Parliament or even head of diplomacy). Despite legal setbacks in Portugal, the socialist António Costa remains the big favorite in the race to replace Charles Michel as president of the European Council.



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