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Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Juncker a danger for EU's alpha wolves

Juncker has banished Germany and France to the second row and made it clear to the heads of state and government who the boss is, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: "The former prime minister of Luxembourg has an advantage: he knows all the tactics in the circles of heads of state and government. And he also knows the weaknesses of the frequently one-dimensional power politics of these alpha wolves. So he will represent a threat to them. He already made it clear to the pack when introducing his team that the new commission is not a service station for domestic interests. ... The commission, his easily decipherable message went, doesn't want to administrate, it wants to create. ... For the next five years Juncker quite clearly wants to limit the leeway of the member states and reroute their various positions to turn them into a coherent European policy. His goal is to achieve more Europe not through more and more regulations but through concentrating more power in Brussels."

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