Juncker chosen for EU commission job, Cameron defeated

EU leaders on Friday (27 June) nominated Jean-Claude Juncker to be European Commission president, simultaneously doling out a major diplomatic defeat for London and handing a large chunk of power to the European Parliament. “Decision made. The European Council proposes Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission,” EU council president Herman Van Rompuy tweeted during the meeting. The decision was taken by vote – a first for an EU summit – after British PM David Cameron led a strong campaign against the Luxembourg, opposing both the way 59-year old came to be nominated as well as the man – who has called the “ultimate Brussels insider” – himself. The nature of Cameron’s pre-summit rhetoric and his refusal to take some kind of trade-off for the UK in return for accepting Juncker saw EU leaders have a show of hands on the issue Only Hungary’s Viktor Orban joined Cameron in voting No.

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