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EU Socialists set to meet in Paris

EU Socialists set to meet in Paris
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The leader of Europe’s left will meet in Paris tomorrow to discuss the future of the EU.

French President Francois Hollande will host the talks.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Renzi will join six other leaders in the French capital.

One key issue up for debate is who should get the big EU jobs over the next five years.

German MEP Martin Schulz had been tipped for a job at the European Commission.

But now Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats, have rowed back on their earlier demands that Schulz join the EU executive.

The party have now proposed that the former bookseller returns to the job he’s just resigned from: president of the European Parliament.

A spokesman for Martin Schulz declined to comment on whether the MEP would accept such a deal.

The meeting of left-wing leaders over the weekend comes after similar discussions held earlier this month between centre-right government heads.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt hosted Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Dutch premier Mark Rutte at his residence outside Stockholm.