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MNI: Meloni Seeks To Delay Deal On Top EU Jobs Until French Vote-Officials

MNI speaks to officials in Rome and Brussels about talks on top European Commission jobs.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is trying to delay agreement on top jobs in the next European Commission until after a possible far-right victory in French parliamentary elections, while German and French leaders Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron have pushed for a quick deal, sources with knowledge of the talks told MNI.

Meloni calculates that a victory for the National Rally in the two-round elections on June 30 and July 7 would strengthen Italy’s hand in a push for a one of the top Commissioner jobs and a vice presidency. While Rome has targeted portfolios such as Industry, Competition and Migration, or possibly the office of the High Representative or Defence, officials who spoke to MNI said that a more realistic objective might be Agriculture.

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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is trying to delay agreement on top jobs in the next European Commission until after a possible far-right victory in French parliamentary elections, while German and French leaders Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron have pushed for a quick deal, sources with knowledge of the talks told MNI.

Meloni calculates that a victory for the National Rally in the two-round elections on June 30 and July 7 would strengthen Italy’s hand in a push for a one of the top Commissioner jobs and a vice presidency. While Rome has targeted portfolios such as Industry, Competition and Migration, or possibly the office of the High Representative or Defence, officials who spoke to MNI said that a more realistic objective might be Agriculture.

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