Sunday (1 November) marked the first-year anniversary of the Juncker Commission. The EurActiv team has looked over its achievements over the past twelve months, and written the executive’s end-of-year school report, grading it from A-F on different issues.
Even after two mandates characterised by successive crises, the current President of the European Commission, due to leave his post in November this year, admits he has lost some illusions about the European Union, but not his enthusiasm. EurActiv France reports .
Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker started interviewing candidates for commissioners on Tuesday, after all member states except Belgium presented their candidacies. Belgium is expected to do so on 4 September, though the Commission has not confirmed the date.
Speaking in a press conference after EU leaders nominated Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that 'it was a bad day for Europe'. 'This has reconfirmed my opinion that Europe needs to change', Cameron added.
Speaking in a press conference after EU leaders proposed Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission, German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended on Friday the European Council's decision of nomination EPP's Jean-Claude Juncker as the next Commission President. “He has broad European experience and he is willing to accommodate national and EU demands”, Merkel said.
Speaking ahead of a European Council meeting in Brussels on Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that Jean0Claude Juncker is \the wrong person' to become the next Commission President. “Jean-Claude Juncker has been at the heart of the project to increase the power of Brussels and reduce the power of nation states.” Cameron added.
Speaking ahead of a European Council meeting in Brussels on Friday, new Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said that the potential election of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next Commission President against the UK's will is not going to push Britain 'closer to leaving the EU'.
Speaking before an S&D meeting ahead of the European Council Summit, former European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that UK's Prime Minister David Cameron must decide if 'he wants to be marginalised or involved” in the EU.
Michel Barnier stood in front of the French Senate to defend reforms of the financial system that were taken under his watch. He also reaffirmed his support for Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the EU Commission. EurActiv France reports .
The identity of the next European Commission President is still unknown, but two think thanks have come together to analyse what will make the next President stand out from the rest and secure the job. EurActiv France reports .
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked France whether it would be willing to put forward International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde as president of the European Commission, two French sources briefed on the exchanges said.
Martin Schulz announced his resignation as European Parliament President on Wednesday, as he hopes to become chair of the S&D group to lead the negotiations with the EP political groups on the new Commission formation.
On his arrival at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that there should not be an 'automatic connection between the outcome of the election and the nomination'.
In an exclusive interview with EurActiv's senior editor Georgi Gotev, Center for European Studies Research Fellow Marco Incerti gave his opinion on who will be the next European Commission president and commented on the latest projections of the EU election results.