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    A public vote on Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Council could be a significant step for transparency in EU politics

A public vote on Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Council could be a significant step for transparency in EU politics

David Cameron has asked for a public vote to be held in the European Council on the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission. Sara Hagemann writes that this would be a bold step as it would challenge the tradition of ‘consensus politics’ which has dominated key decisions over European integration in the past. […]

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    David Cameron’s increasingly strong opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker runs the risk of alienating Angela Merkel

David Cameron’s increasingly strong opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker runs the risk of alienating Angela Merkel

British Prime Minister David Cameron has strongly opposed the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission and has called for a formal vote to be held on the topic if no consensus can be reached. Imke Henkel writes on the broader relationship between Cameron and Angela Merkel. She notes that while Merkel also has […]

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    Jean-Claude Juncker should be given the chance to head the European Commission

Jean-Claude Juncker should be given the chance to head the European Commission

David Cameron has voiced opposition to the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission. Mareike Kleine writes that while some commentators have supported Cameron’s position, most of the criticism of Juncker’s candidacy reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Commission is and does. She argues that if Juncker is denied the role it will […]

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    Media coverage in Germany and the UK shows why both countries have radically different views over who should be the next Commission President

Media coverage in Germany and the UK shows why both countries have radically different views over who should be the next Commission President

The so called ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ process, in which European-level political parties proposed formal candidates for President of the European Commission prior to the European Parliament elections, has been strongly opposed by David Cameron and the British government. This opposition has led to intense disagreement between the UK and other EU states, notably Germany, over whether Jean-Claude Juncker, the candidate for […]

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    The European Council should not feel obliged to choose any of the leading candidates as President of the European Commission

The European Council should not feel obliged to choose any of the leading candidates as President of the European Commission

This year’s European Parliament election has been noteworthy both for the rise of Euroscepticism and the introduction of leading candidates for European Commission president put forward by some of the European political parties. Anthony Salamone argues that the European Council should freely choose its own nominee for Commission president in cooperation with the Parliament, rather than automatically selecting the […]

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