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Grand EU Bargain Foreshadows Frustration From Poland to Kosovo

  • Picks for top jobs have been critical of Hungary and Poland
  • Balkan countries seeking membership face stalling EU expansion
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European Union leaders may have sought to balance political, national and geographic interests when choosing the bloc’s new leadership, but ex-communist nations both inside and outside its borders look to have ended up with the short end of the bargain.

While the EU’s biggest eastern members helped torpedo German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan and celebrated the proposal of French President Emmanuel Macron winning approval, the picks for three tops jobs create the risk of conflict and disappointment for governments stretching from Poland to Kosovo.