Parliament criticises UK for opposing Juncker as next Commission president

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The European Parliament told EU council president Herman Van Rompuy on Thursday to nominate EPP Jean Claude Juncker as the next commission president. Parliament leaders warned that the Chamber is ready to veto any other candidates.

Despite having the support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Juncker is facing fierce opposition from some countries including the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden.

“Unfortunately we observe a rather dirty campaign against Mr Juncker and I think that this isn’t the way that we should proceed as democrats.” said EPP chairman Manfred Weber.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has repeatedly emphasised his opposition to Juncker; he views the former Luxembourg Prime Minister as an old-style federalist who might obstruct his push for a reformed EU.

But EPP chairman Manfred Weber underlined that the UK has no right to veto and cannot dictate the EU’s political agenda.

“The UK is one state out of 28, there is no right of veto and it is not right for the UK to dictate the agenda across Europe.” said Weber.

EU leaders are expected to choose their candidate for the presidency at a summit at the end of this month.

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