BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s 28 national leaders meet in Brussels on Thursday to haggle over how ambitious their climate goals should be and who should navigate the bloc in coming years.

FILE PHOTO: Manfred Weber, candidate of the European People’s Party (EPP) for the next European Commission President gives a statement after first poll results of the European Parliament elections in Berlin, Germany, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

Power centers Berlin and Paris are at odds over who should take over the executive European Commission later this year, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel backing a countryman, the center-right Manfred Weber.

That post in Brussels acts as the EU’s competition watchdog, monitors member states’ budgets and proposes policies from climate change to tech regulation

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