27/06/2014

EU Set To Ignore Britain In Commission Appointment

EU leaders meeting in Brussels are expected to confirm former Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European Commission, despite strong opposition From the UK.

The nomination is expected today and breaks the traditional way of choosing the Commission chief, who until now has always been chosen by consensus of the EU's national heads of government.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is against Mr Juncker because he thinks the 59-year-old veteran is to much in favour of a closer political union and might block the EU reform he wants.

However Mr Cameron's stance has left him increasingly isolated at a two-day summit of the European Council, after the Netherlands and Sweden dropped their opposition.

Mr Juncker is the candidate of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), which won the recent European elections.

Mr Cameron said: "The European elections showed there is huge disquiet about the way the European Union works, and yet the response I believe is going to be wrong.”

(CVS)

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