EU nominee von der Leyen faces sceptical parliament | AFP

Was an intense two-week political operation to woo European lawmakers long enough to win German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen the top job in Brussels? The 60-year-old conservative will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission if she secures a majority in the Strasbourg assembly. IMAGES

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Juncker meets with Borrell, candidate for EU foreign policy chief | AFP

Jean-Claude Juncker meets with Spanish socialist Josep Borrell, candidate for the post of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. IMAGES

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Jean-Claude Juncker and Ursula von der Leyen meet in Brussels | AFP

The outgoing President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and his nominated successor Ursula von der Leyen meet at the European Commission in Brussels. Von der Leyen, a minister for the past 14 years under German Chancellor Angela Merkel, still has to be approved by the European parliament in a vote scheduled for mid-July before she can take over. IMAGES

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British PM Theresa May arrives for EU summit | AFP

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for a European summit in Brussels on the appointment of the new European Commission president. None of the leading names to have emerged during last month’s election has won consensus support from the four main parliamentary parties to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the EU’s executive arm. IMAGES

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EC President Jean-Claude Juncker meets US Special Adviser Jared Kushner | AFP

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, receives Special adviser to the President of the United States Jared Kushner in Brussels. IMAGES

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Ukraine’s Zelensky meets Juncker in Brussels for first talks | AFP

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. Ukraine’s new President vowed to press Europe to step up pressure on Russia to end the war in his country’s east, as he arrived for his first foreign trip as leader. IMAGES

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Macron, Merkel and Juncker greet Xi Jinping at Élysée Palace

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Elysee Palace in Paris for trade and climate talks. IMAGES

Tusk: ‘Still a lot of space in hell’ for Brexiteers without plan

European Council President Donald Tusk reignites his attack on some Brexiteers, claiming there is ‘a lot of space’ in hell for those who pushed for Britain leaving the EU without a plan. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, adds: ‘Don’t go to hell!’. SOUNDBITE of Tusk and Juncker