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Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, third from left, holds a joint news conference with from left, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron at his summer residence in Harpsund, June 10, 2014.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, third from left, holds a joint news conference with from left, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron at his summer residence in Harpsund, June 10, 2014.
(Maja Suslin/AP)

Cameron, Merkel in high-stakes standoff over EU succession

A struggle over who should be the next president of the European Commission has turned into a high-stakes political showdown over the future of the European Union, pitting Germany against Britain, with British Prime Minister David Cameron warning his country could leave the EU if it doesn’t get its way.