About: European Commission president

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
Herman Van Rompuy
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

Merkel defends Juncker’s nomination

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.
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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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EU Priorities 2020 27-06-2014

Thorning-Schmidt: Juncker is an experienced politician

Speaking ahead of a European Council meeting in Brussels on Friday, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said that Jean-Claude Juncker is an 'experienced politician'.
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EU Priorities 2020 27-06-2014

Reinfeldt: Cameron and the British people also have friends inside the EU

Speaking ahead of a European Council meeting in Brussels on Friday, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said that Sweden is ready to back Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President.
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EU Priorities 2020 27-06-2014

Cameron: Juncker’s election as Commission president is “profoundly wrong”

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.
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Global Europe 27-06-2014

Stubb: “People in the UK need to wake up and smell the coffee”

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'.
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26-06-2014

Schulz: Cameron’s political behaviour is not normal

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.
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EU Elections 2014 19-06-2014

To be or not to be a European Commissioner

That's the question. It Sounds like an important position. But what exactly is the role of a Commissioner? And who appoints them and how? A picture is worth 1000 words!
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EU Priorities 2020 18-06-2014

Schulz: I want to become Commission vice-president

Stepping down as President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz was elected on Wednesday group leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the Chamber.
Michel Barnier
Euro & Finance 12-06-2014

Michel Barnier defends his track record as Commissioner, backs Juncker

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.