Merkel warns over possible crisis in EU

Merkel warns over possible crisis in EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that EU leaders could provoke a crisis if they did not take into account the views of the European Parliament when choosing the next head of the EU executive.

"We suggest the person, but we definitely don't want to see a crisis with parliament, to realize that what we suggest is not being accepted," she said after leaders failed to settle on a name during their summit.

"This wouldn't be good for the work of the Commission in the next five years," Reuters cited Merkel as saying.

The German Chancellor also said an agreement on top jobs should be reached before the new European Parliament meets for a first time on July 2. EU leaders will gather again on 30 June to decide on the bloc's key posts.