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Wrangling over top EU post

After the EPP's election victory the European Parliament is backing the party's candidate Juncker for the post of Commission president. But the UK and other EU states are fiercely opposed to Juncker, a champion of deeper integration. Who will come out on top?

Le Temps - Switzerland | Thursday, 17. July 2014

Juncker best man for the job

Jean-Claude Juncker is the ideal Commission president and he must use his authority to bring about fundamental reforms in EU policy, the liberal daily Le Temps believes: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 16. July 2014

Juncker seeks to fight unemployment

The European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday elected the conservative Jean-Claude Juncker to lead the EU Commission. The new president called for a 300 billion ... » more

Expansión - Spain | Wednesday, 16. July 2014

Juncker must withstand pressure from all sides

The coming months won't be easy for Jean-Claude Juncker, the conservative business paper Expansión predicts: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Wednesday, 16. July 2014

Incompetent new boss

There's no point entertaining any illusions about the new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the liberal daily Sme believes: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Wednesday, 16. July 2014

Juncker a boon for the people of Europe

Before being confirmed as EU Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday presented a ten-point plan for boosting growth in the Union and creating new jobs. He's got his work cut out for him on other fronts as well, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung comments: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 13. July 2014

Juncker needs core team of commissioners

Jean-Claude Juncker is to be appointed the new president of the European Commission on Tuesday. Consisting of 28 equal-ranking members, his predecessor José Manuel Barroso's Commission was ineffectual so Juncker needs to give his team a tighter structure, the conservative daily the Financial Times advises: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Monday, 7. July 2014

Juncker must show he is a man of action

Jean-Claude Juncker is to be elected president of the European Commission by the EU Parliament on July 15. Now is the time for him to show he is a man of action who can get the EU back on its feet, the liberal daily Le Quotidien urges: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Monday, 30. June 2014

Why a Brexit would be good

In the debate over Jean-Claude Juncker's nomination as Commission president the real issue was whether the Eurozone can become emancipated within the EU, and therefore a Brexit would be good, argues columnist Wolfgang Münchau on news portal Spiegel Online: » more

Main focus of Monday, 30. June 2014

Cameron congratulates Juncker

British Prime Minister David Cameron approached Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss future cooperation on Sunday. Prior to that Juncker had been nominated as European Commission President ... » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Monday, 30. June 2014

Cameron stands to be lonely

Even after David Cameron's defeat in the row over Jean-Claude Juncker's nomination as Commission president, London is still shooting verbal poison arrows against the  "cowards" of Europe, the leftist daily Právo comments and predicts that relations between the EU and UK will further deteriorate: » more

Le Nouvel Observateur - France | Friday, 27. June 2014

Brexit increasingly likely

Since Cameron will hardly be able to achieve his objectives with a Juncker Commission he'll bring forward the referendum on leaving the EU for tactical ... » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Monday, 30. June 2014

Juncker must keep British in the EU

Now that Jean-Claude Juncker has been nominated against Cameron's will, the liberal business daily Handelsblatt says it's "time to examine the relationship between Britain and ... » more

Daily Mail - United Kingdom | Sunday, 29. June 2014

London's hard line pays off

By resisting to the last moment Cameron has proven that the EU really must reckon with a Brexit if the EU reforms the UK wants aren't carried out, the Daily Mail writes, and sees Britain's negotiating position as improved: » more

Main focus of Friday, 27. June 2014

Green light for Juncker

The EU's heads of state and government plan to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president today, Friday, despite the UK's opposition to the move. ... » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 27. June 2014

Juncker's European ivory tower

Jean-Claude Juncker won't make Europe more democratic as EU Commission president, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant warns: » more

Libération - France | Thursday, 26. June 2014

Time for a shift to the left

Europe's leftist heads of state and government should hold firm on their terms for Juncker's nomination and then jointly develop a programme for Europe's future, the left-liberal daily Libération believes: » more

Hotnews - Romania | Friday, 27. June 2014

Europeans will soon elect their own PM

Juncker is the best choice for the EU, the news portal Hotnews writes: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Friday, 27. June 2014

Take British concerns seriously

The British concerns about Juncker as Commission president have been brushed aside too quickly, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung comments: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 26. June 2014

EU sets its bearings at Ypres summit

A month after the European elections, the European heads of state and government will meet today in the Belgian town of Ypres to set the ... » more

Politiken - Denmark | Thursday, 26. June 2014

Think big in Ypres

The EU heads of state and government will meet this time in the Belgian municipality of Ypres, the scene of many battles during the First World War. In view of the significance of the location, the left-liberal daily Politiken hopes the summit will be marked by success: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Cameron has alienated conservative EU allies

The British Eurosceptics have pushed Prime Minister David Cameron around for so long that he has now been left without any allies, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times comments worriedly: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Juncker's appointment paves way for Brexit

The conservative Daily Telegraph issues an urgent warning to Europe's leaders ahead of the summit in Ypres: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 24. June 2014

Cameron's missed chance in Eastern Europe

Poland's Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski fiercely criticised the EU policy of British Prime Minister David Cameron in a conversation that was secretly recorded and then published on Sunday. The current row over Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission president confirms Sikorski's words, the left-liberal daily The Guardian contends: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 23. June 2014

Merkel and Cameron could be dream couple

British PM David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are pitted against each other in the conflict over the next EU Commission president, but in fact they'd be perfect partners on the EU level, the liberal business paper Financial Times contends: » more

Main focus of Monday, 23. June 2014

Socialists back Juncker

At a meeting in Paris on Saturday the EU's leading Social Democrats agreed to back Jean-Claude Juncker for the post of European Commission president. In ... » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, 23. June 2014

Britain should just leave

The liberal daily Jutarnji List calls on Cameron to make good on his threats and leave the European Union: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 23. June 2014

A compromise in Merkel's interest

The approval of Europe's left-leaning heads of government for the conservative Jean-Claude Juncker, engineered mainly by the German SPD party chief Sigmar Gabriel, is a victory for Angela Merkel, the liberal daily Hospodářské noviny comments: » more

The Sunday Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 22. June 2014

Ukip benefits from London's powerlessness

The inability of the government to represent Britain's interests on the EU level will only strengthen the Eurosceptics in the UK, the conservative paper The Sunday Times fears: » more

Main focus of Friday, 20. June 2014

Merkel seeks compromise with Cameron

In the dispute over who becomes head of the European Commission, German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled willingness to compromise on Thursday, hinting that the UK ... » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 20. June 2014

Row over top post hurts EU

The struggle over the top post in the European Commission has done considerable damage to the EU's reputation, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore complains: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Friday, 20. June 2014

Nothing but losers in poker over posts

Everyone loses in the dispute over who becomes president of the European Commission, writes political analyst Matthijs Rooduijn in the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Thursday, 19. June 2014

Merkel can no longer count on Cameron

In the row over the future Commission president, highly indebted EU members France and Italy are calling for an easing of the Stability Pact. For German Chancellor Angela Merkel it's annoying that she won't be able to count on the UK's support in the fight to prevent a relaxing of the sovereign debt limits, the German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk comments: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 19. June 2014

British commissioner to make up for Juncker

If the UK can't prevent Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming European Commission president it should at least insist that its candidate become the next commissioner for the single market, the conservative daily The Times argues: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 18. June 2014

It's no longer about Juncker

The social democrats in the European Parliament announced on Tuesday that they would make their support for Jean-Claude Juncker conditional on a loosening of the Stability Pact. That shows that the question of whether Juncker is the right man for the job has long since become secondary, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Tuesday, 17. June 2014

Cameron can only lose with Juncker veto

British Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped up his resistance to Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission president. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, he said that he would fight Juncker's candidacy "to the end". Cameron will pay a high price for this stance, the former Irish head of government John Bruton writes in the conservative daily Irish Independent: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Monday, 16. June 2014

The EU Parliament's Juncker dilemma

The tug of war over the next EU Commission president shows that the European Parliament must decide whether it wants to be as powerful or as representative as possible, political scientists Chris Bickerton and Carlo Invernizzi Accetti comment on the EUROPP blog of the London School of Economics: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 12. June 2014

Cameron alienating his partners in EU

In a commentary for the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung Britain's conservative Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his rejection of Jean-Claude Juncker for the post of European Commission president. By acting on behalf of the Eurosceptics in his own party he is shooting himself in the foot, the conservative daily Financial Times comments: » more

Postimees - Estonia | Thursday, 12. June 2014

Anti-Juncker trio more perilous than populists

The prime ministers of the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands continue to oppose Jean-Claude Juncker as next Commission president. The liberal daily Postimees is appalled at this behaviour: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Solution to Juncker dispute long in coming

Just who will become the new EU Commission president remains unclear even after the mini-summit in Sweden. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was apparently unable to ... » more

Sme - Slovakia | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

An elite circle to decide Europe's future

Four European leaders taking a boat trip on a dreamy Swedish lake - this picture of the four together in Harpsund should make the European voters boil with anger, the liberal daily Sme believes: » more

Upsala Nya Tidning - Sweden | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Think about alternatives to Jean-Claude Juncker

Politics is simply different on the EU level than on the national level and so people are wrong to believe Juncker is the only one with a legitimate claim to the EU Council presidency, the liberal daily Upsala Nya Tidning believes: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Martin Schulz's silly idea to blame

Martin Schulz, hitherto president of the EU Parliament, bears the blame for the continuing struggle over the post of EU Commission president, the liberal-conservative daily Tagesspiegel believes, since it was his idea to give the Parliament a key role in naming the Commission president: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Angela Merkel between a rock and a hard place

The liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung explains why the row over Juncker's candidacy for Commission president presents a challenge for Angela Merkel in particular: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 10. June 2014

Mini-summit in row over Juncker

The wrangling over the top post at the European Commission continues with a mini-summit in Sweden. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who recently declared her support ... » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Saturday, 7. June 2014

Don't strip EU of its last shred of democracy

Several European intellectuals have addressed an appeal to the EU's leaders. In a text that appeared in several newspapers including the conservative daily Corriere della Sera, they admonish the Council to take account of the European election results in nominating the new Commission president: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 9. June 2014

Stop tolerating British blackmailing

The EU shouldn't allow itself to be blackmailed by Cameron any more, political analyst Ignacio Torreblanca warns in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 10. June 2014

Merkel's big chance as mediator

A consensus must be reached before the European Council and the EU Parliament decide who should be the next EU Commission president - and Angela Merkel is the one who can achieve it, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Monday, 9. June 2014

British didn't discuss Juncker before EU vote

One reason for the dispute over the post of EU Commission president is the very different level of coverage the European election campaign received in the respective EU states, political scientists Simon Hix and Stuart Wilks-Heeg write on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 5. June 2014

European elections: British should remain sceptics in the EU

Even if Britain's opposition to the EU can be annoying, grumblers like Prime Minister David Cameron in fact play a positive role in advancing the common project, the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit writes commenting on the power struggle over the post of European Commission president: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 3. June 2014

European elections: Cameron's undemocratic campaign against Juncker

British Prime Minister David Cameron's refusal to accept Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president is a slap in the face for Europe's voters, columnist John Palmer fumes in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Contributors - Romania | Tuesday, 3. June 2014

European elections: Commission in for wrangling over posts

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed on Monday that she is not indifferent regarding whether Britain remains in the EU or not. Prior to this she had backed the conservative candidate Jean-Claude Juncker for the post of European Commission president. Merkel will have to make some major concessions to the UK to get her way regarding Juncker, who is unpopular with the British, political scientist Valentin Naumescu suspects in the blog portal Contributors: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 2. June 2014

European elections: Council must block Juncker

Unlike the European Parliament, the leaders of the EU member states have a democratic mandate and should therefore nominate their own counter candidate to Jean-Claude Juncker in the struggle over the post of EU Commission president, the conservative daily Financial Times argues: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 2. June 2014

Cameron's big mistake

Cameron's threat to Merkel makes no sense, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more

Kurier - Austria | Thursday, 29. May 2014

European elections: Merkel's primitive power tactics

European election winner Jean-Claude Juncker suffered a setback at the EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday. Several heads of government voiced doubts about settling on the conservative candidate as the new President of the European Commission so quickly. The jostling for posts in Brussels must come to an end, the daily newspaper Kurier demands: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Schulz should concede defeat

Although the social democrats came second behind the conservative European People's Party in the European elections, their candidate Martin Schulz is claiming the right to the post of EU Commission President. On the evening of the elections he said he was seeking the majority he needs to clinch the post. The liberal-conservative daily Die Presse criticises his behaviour: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Juncker embodies the ancien régime

Despite the conservatives' victory the election of Jean-Claude Juncker to Commission President would be the wrong response to the election results, historian Timothy Garton Ash comments in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Monday, 26. May 2014

Old rules no longer valid

The results of the European election rock the very foundations of European politics, the chief editor of the left-liberal Huffington Post, Montserrat Domínguez, writes in her blog: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 26. May 2014

Governments must respect Parliament's choice

The national governments must respect the European Parliament's decision on who becomes the next Commission President, the daily Tages-Anzeiger demands: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 26. May 2014

Juncker and Schulz preventing a new start

The election outcome means that who becomes Commission President will be a toss-up between the two leading candidates Martin Schulz und Jean-Claude Juncker. The liberal daily Hospodářské noviny isn't keen on either: » more

Le Jeudi - Luxembourg | Thursday, 22. May 2014

Juncker's election campaign won't pay off

The timing of the European elections could not be worse in view of the negative mood among the EU's citizens, the liberal weekly paper Le Jeudi writes, fearing that the efforts of Juncker and Schulz will have been in vain: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Monday, 19. May 2014

European elections: Juncker or Schulz - it makes no difference

The leading candidate of the European conservatives in the European elections, Jean-Claude Juncker, visited Portugal on Sunday as part of his election campaign. The liberal business daily Jornal de Negócios questions the idea that either he or the Social Democrat Martin Schulz will become Commission president: » more

Weltwoche - Switzerland | Thursday, 8. May 2014

European elections: Major Parties hoodwinking citizens

Ahead of the European elections the parties claim the right to have their respective leading candidate appointed as European Commission President in the event that their political group becomes the largest in the European Parliament. But the Commission President is still chosen by the leaders of the national governments, the conservative magazine Die Weltwoche points out: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Monday, 5. May 2014

European elections: Juncker moves Luxembourg

The fact that as the leading candidate of the European People's Party, Jean-Claude Juncker is running for the post of EU Commission president will have a big influence on voting in Luxembourg, the liberal daily Le Quotidien contends: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 30. April 2014

Pan-European minimum wage would kill companies

The leading candidate of the European conservatives, Jean-Claude Juncker, called last week for a Europe-wide minimum wage. A pie in the sky, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita comments: » more


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