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Die Presse - Austria | Monday, October 21, 2013

Juncker must run for Europe

Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker's Christian Social People's Party (CSV) suffered losses in the parliamentary election on Sunday but remains the strongest party in Luxembourg's parliament. Juncker would also be the best candidate for the Conservatives in the European elections 2014, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes enthusiastically: "For the first time, leading candidates of the pan-European parties will spearhead the elections. The Social Democrats and Socialists will have current President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz as their lead candidate. Schulz is known for his intelligence, but also for representing the aloofness of the Brussels apparatus. Who will be the lead candidate for the Christian Democrats is still an open question. ... But on Sunday an ideal candidate emerged: Jean-Claude Juncker. No one stands as staunchly for the European project as Luxembourg's prime minister. So far he has rejected the European Commission presidency and the idea of running as a candidate for Brussels and Strasbourg. But a good few of his party colleagues want to convince him to run. Juncker can explain Europe, unite it and push it forward. There are few others who can do this. To be precise: no one."

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