Leo Varadkar plays down speculation that his name is in the hat for top EU job

Charles Michel will step down from his role this summer sparking a race to appoint his replacement

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has distanced himself from the soon to be vacant role of European Council president. Picture: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Leo Varadkar has dismissed speculation that his name could be put forward to become the next president of the European Council after the surprise resignation of Charles Michel.

The former prime minister of Belgium announced on Tuesday that he would stand as a candidate in the European Parliament elections in June after four years in the key EU job.

He will step down as chairman of the 27 heads of EU governments in July, prompting ...