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By Belén Carreño and Richard Lough

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders aim to wrap up a tortured job selection process on Sunday in their third attempt to decide who will take over the bloc’s top five posts and set policies that affect the lives of some 500 million Europeans.

With France and Germany at odds over not just the candidates but the rules of the job search itself, a Tuesday deadline to choose the head of the European Parliament has given urgency to a task that could otherwise drag on for months, diplomats say.

Up for grabs are the presidencies of

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