BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders on July 17 failed to nominate the next EU foreign policy chief to replace Catherine Ashton and were also unsuccessful in finding a successor to EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
EU heads of governments met in Brussels in the hopes of naming someone for at least one of the posts but several participants wanted to find a so-called package deal where both portfolios are allocated at the same time.
Council President Herman Van Rompuy conceded that “we are not yet at the point where we can get a consensual solution on a full package of appointments.”
Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini was a front-runner for the foreign policy position but was considered too pro-Russian, whereas the favorite for the council presidency, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, seemed to have lacked France's support.
A decision was postponed until the next EU summit on August 30.