Von der Leyen announces Timmermans will head EU Green Deal | AFP

The European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen announces that Dutch politician Frans Timmermans will head the European Green Deal. Starting November 1, the new team will take on a range of tricky challenges, from climate change to an unpredictable US and the Brexit aftermath. SOUNDBITE

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Refusal of Timmermans as head of commission ‘unaccaptable’: Sanchez | AFP

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says the proposal of Dutch Social Democrat Frans Timmermans to head the EU commission has been rejected because he “has defended principles and European values”, adding that this is “unacceptable”. SOUNDBITE

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EU’s Timmermans welcomed by Polish PM and foreign minister

The Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans meets with Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw ahead of talks on controversial reforms of the Polish justice system. IMAGES