France and Germany on Monday clashed over the future leadership of the EU after European elections produced a fragmented parliament and triggered a race to secure the top jobs in the world’s largest trading bloc. Nationalist, liberal and green parties across the EU have gained seats at the expense of centrist parties, such as German chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party, which have dominated the parliament over the past four decades. President Emmanuel Macron’s liberal party on Monday called for “a European Commission president candidate who can build a robust majority way beyond the partisan lines” — suggesting it wanted an alternative to Manfred Weber, the Germany-backed candidate for the commission. The new commission and parliament will play a central role in shaping the EU’s stance on key issues such as global trade, climate change and regulation of the tech industry. Pascal Canfin, the number two on Macron’s party list, said  Weber was “totally disqualified today”. A senior Fre...

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