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Germany and UK disagree on candidate for next EU Commission president

Saturday, May 31st 2014 - 07:15 UTC
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next EU Commission president. But some European leaders have voiced opposition to the move, including the British government who argue that Mr. Juncker is too much of an EU federalist and called for “a lengthy process to find consensus”. Read full article


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  • nololly

    Merkel wants the ex PM of the principal German/ European tax haven Luxembourg as the EU president. Says it all! The EU is a totally corrupt organisation. Presumably this would continue Amazon and other multinational tax dodgers to continue to fleece the UK and the rest of Europe.

    May 31st, 2014 - 08:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    If this guy becomes president our Nigel will be able to destroy the Conservatives at the next election.

    Proud to support UKIP.

    May 31st, 2014 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vulcanbomber

    No need for Nigel to lift a finger, they are destroying themselves

    The whole of europe has indicated that they want less federalization, so what do the Eu do, but choose someone who wants more federalization.

    You couldn't make it up. Its the same as during the week, its discussed that the Eu needs to stop wasting money and do what all the member states are doing, then it asks for more money.

    i'm proud to support UKIP too

    p.s agree, Nigel has no need, but will mince the main parties over this

    May 31st, 2014 - 01:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Having had Merkel in a hug this guy deserves everything he gets: hopefully a kick in the nuts from the UK and others.

    May 31st, 2014 - 01:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vulcanbomber

    i actually feel sorry for him getting hugged by Merkel. Bet afterwards there was an uncomfortable silience and no looking at her in the face

    May 31st, 2014 - 05:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton


    Europe: A House Divided
    Critically, for all the whingeing and wining of other Europeans Britain and France remain the

    key European powers. If the two countries can forge a real strategic partnership then there is a chance that other Europeans will begin to organise themselves around such a pole of military power whatever flag such a force operates under.

    Leadership by example will be vital. Therefore, both countries must fulfil all their capability pledges and London and Paris must make the funding available to do so however hard that might be. Indeed, if London really does cut or simply park HMS Prince of Wales indefinitely then the British can effectively say goodbye to the defence leadership of Europe. Like Victory the 2 ‘QEs’ are not just warships they are symbols of strategic ambition and influence.

    So, what is going to happen? First, a mainstream Continental Christian Democrat will become President of the European Commission. Berlin wants that and the Eurozone is in effect a zollverein (customs union) built on and for Germany. It will probably not be arch-federalist Jean-Claude Juncker as that would indeed be red rag to John Bull the British will become even more euro-sceptic. The current EU is just about defensible by the likes of Cameron, Clegg and Miliband. However, as the Eurozone inevitably moves towards political union Britain’s EU membership and the costs will become even more apparent

    May 31st, 2014 - 07:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Our President Dilma should do very well dealing with Frau Merkel regarding any treaties between Europe and South American.

    Very clearly by this “ chosen appointment ” of Junker by Merkel's, clearly illustrates that it is her way or the highway. Under the circumstances that may result in a reduction of a few memberships, as the UK, France, and others do not want Mr. Juncker.

    But at least President Dilma and Merkel can meet and negotiate as the two major power leaders of Latin America and Europe.

    Jun 01st, 2014 - 03:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Are you seriously saying that Germany would ditch France and the UK for trade with Brazil ?
    Merkel would be happy to ditch France, UK and others so that she could have Junckers appointed ?
    The “treaties” are not approved and passed by Merkel. They have to be approved by the member states of the EU. Germany cannot dictate this.
    Possibly this can be carried out in South American countries such as Brazil, but not here.
    So you think that Merkei would break up the EU for the sake of trade with Brazil ?
    I think you overestimate your importance.

    Jun 01st, 2014 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Perhaps he is suggesting that brazil and others may like to join the EU as overseas members, and dump the locals .?

    Jun 01st, 2014 - 08:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Clyde -

    No, I think you miss my two points.

    Cameron and Hollande both have an electorate at home that is strongly anti-EU, based on the recent election results for both the UK and France. The results for Farage and Le Pen are significantly in agreement regarding an overbearing, and expensive EU, which many voters do not understand nor want to be a part of.

    Following the UKIP results, the EU sends a polite but tart bill for further “ operational expenses required ” of 500,000 ( in £ or €, take your pick ) the day after the vote, further inflaming those ready to become independent from the EU. Rather a mistake to announce this, but there you have it.

    That was followed by Juncker being announced as blessed and chosen by Merkel to replace Barroso, which is the EXCUSE to be used for the UK to leave the EU. Cameron has stated as much to Merkel according to the Der Spiegel article, which at least in the German edition, sets a domino effect starting with his government, then the EU-UK vacating membership, and moving then on to problems in France.

    Neither of the above involves Brasil or Latin America at this point.

    The other and more important point towards Mercosul/Mercosur, is that this situation illustrates clearly that President Dilma, representing Latin America as the most powerful leader here, should then meet with Merkel who is obviously the power leader behind the EU. Not Christina, Maduro, Morales, (although they no doubt would like to ) but only President Dilma.

    Any agreement between the two will have more lasting effect regarding what does or does not happen with EU-LATAM treaties and agreements.

    There was no suggestion to break up the EU for the sake of Brasilian trade in my post. If that happens, it will not be due to Brasil or LATAM.

    Jun 01st, 2014 - 10:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Leiard

    latest news

    Jun 02nd, 2014 - 08:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    When is this euro leader election to take place, anyone know..

    Jun 02nd, 2014 - 07:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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