About: European Commission president

EU Elections 2019 16-07-2019

Von der Leyen likely to be confirmed as she wins majority of Socialists

A large majority of Socialist MEPs were ready to support Ursula von der Leyen to become the next president of European Commission, paving the way for her confirmation during the vote scheduled for Tuesday evening (16 July).
Future EU 03-07-2019

Former German justice minister will vote against von der Leyen

Former German Justice Minister Katarina Barley told EURACTIV in Strasbourg that she wants to vote against Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council's proposed candidate for the European Commission presidency. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 02-07-2019

Weber forced to stand aside as EU leaders bypass Spitzenkandidaten

The EPP’s lead candidate for the European Commission Manfred Weber was forced to step down from his candidacy for the post on Tuesday (2 July), as it became clear he could not obtain sufficient support from EU member states.
Future EU 02-07-2019

EU Parliament re-schedules election of its president

The election of the European Parliament's president was scheduled to take place during the inaugural session in Strasbourg. But the deadlock between EU leaders over the European Commission presidency has put that on hold. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 01-07-2019

Macron condemns EU Council summit as failure

At the end of the summit of EU28 leaders on Monday (1 July), French President Emmanuel Macron deplored the failure of the negotiations, saying that this blockade gave "a not-so-serious image of Europe". EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 25-06-2019

Germany’s CDU fears loss of influence following Weber mess

German tensions over Manfred Weber's candidacy for the European Commission presidency are deeply rooted in Germany's national politics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 21-05-2019

Manfred Weber: ‘Environmental issues are one of my areas of expertise’

The lead candidate for the centre-right in this week’s European elections says “Europe must move towards net-zero emissions by 2050,” voicing his belief in innovation and new technologies to drive the decarbonisation agenda if he becomes the next president of the European Commission.
EU Elections 2019 15-05-2019

Why Manfred Weber will probably not be elected

It is unlikely that Manfred Weber will become President of the European Commission. This is also because Germany often acts as a 'blocker'. Gerd Appenzeller, from EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel, gives his opinion.

Margrethe Vestager, a competitive approach to environmental policy

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, a Liberal candidate to be the next Commission President, believes the key to improving Europe’s environment and fighting climate change will be implementing the laws already on the books.
EU Elections 2019 05-11-2018

Why Europe needs Alex Stubb

University Professor Brent F. Nelsen explains why his former student, Alexander Stubb, should be the next European Commission president.
Elections 29-05-2018

Presidents, elections and grey-haired men

With a year to go until the European Parliament elections and the appointment of a new European Commission, the EU is yet again at a crossroads. But unlike Robert Johnson, the EU is unlikely to sell its soul to play a mean guitar, writes Tom Parker.
Elections 15-05-2018

It’s not too early for Barnier to throw his hat in the ring

Not to beat about the bushes, Michel Barnier should succeed Jean-Claude Juncker. Not just because his handling of the Brexit process has enlarged his stature, but for a number of other cogent reasons, writes Gilles Merritt.
Politics 08-03-2018

The Brief – Not so soft power

Abuse of power is as old as humanity itself: denying the others’ rights helped Homo Sapiens push aside the Neanderthals.
Elections 22-02-2018

Macron’s agenda for the informal summit

If the implementation of transnational lists for the 2019 European elections does not appear to be panning out as Emmanuel Macron wished, the French president now hopes to gain the upper hand on the appointment of the next European Commission president. EURACTIV.fr reports
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Future EU 20-09-2017

Van Rompuy: Juncker’s single EU president idea ‘cannot deliver’

A week after the landmark State of the Union speech by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the first president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told EURACTIV.com that merging the two functions at the EU helm could run into legal and political obstacles.
Politics 05-07-2017

Moscovici begins angling for Juncker’s job

With Jean-Claude Juncker now over the half-way point of his term at the head of the European Commission, the jostling ahead of the 2019 presidential contest has already begun. Juncker has always said he will not stand for a second term. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Digital 02-11-2015

Juncker Commission: First year report card

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. 
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Economy & Jobs 29-10-2014

Barroso says ‘adeus’ after 10 years

He has been the longest-serving EU leader. After 10 years in office, outgoing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso gave his last press conference in Brussels on Wednesday.
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EU Priorities 2020 14-10-2014

Barroso takes stock after 10 years at the Commission

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.
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03-09-2014

Belgium keeps Juncker waiting

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.
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EU Priorities 2020 09-07-2014

Juncker to eurosceptics: I’m no federalist

Designated European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has vowed to appoint a socialist as Economics Commissioner.
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Brexit 30-06-2014

Cameron defeated as EU nominates Juncker Commission President

“I can announce you the European Council has just adopted a decision to propose Mr Jean-Claude Juncker to the European parliament as Commission President”.
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Brexit 27-06-2014

Cameron on Juncker’s nomination: Today was a bad day for Europe

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.
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Brexit 27-06-2014

EU nominates Juncker as Commission President

On Friday, EU leaders nominated former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission despite strong opposition from the UK and Hungary.

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