Saturday September 26, 2020

EU leaders look set to back Juncker for Europe's top job

EU leaders are likely to select the former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the next head of the European Commission at a summit this week.

22nd June, 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed reluctant to support Jean-Claude Juncker's candidacy at first, but has since thrown her weight behind the former prime minister of Luxembourg and is likely to get her way. Picture: Getty

EU leaders are likely to select the former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the next head of the European Commission at a summit this week.

The first part of the summit is taking place on Thursday at Ypres in Belgium, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. However, the leaders are anxious to avoid squabbling there and instead will vote on the new commission head at the second...

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