About: Jean-Claude Juncker

Politics 18-04-2018

Mysterious Martin, Sinister Selmayr

Selmayr will have no role in the choice of the next European Commission president, but for Eurosceptics, it was a gift from heaven to read a long attack on Selmayr as proof of how the EU is run by a secret cabal of unelected power-holders who dictate what the EU is and does, writes Denis MacShane.
Future EU 17-04-2018

Juncker’s Commission on thin ice as MEPs take it out on Selmayr

In a surprising turn of events, the European Parliament's powerful Budget control committee prepared the ground for a vote in plenary tomorrow (18 April) that could deal a huge blow to the Juncker Commission.

Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday (15 April) that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
Central Asia 13-04-2018

New Kyrgyzstan president sails through first EU visit

The leaders of the EU institutions received the new Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov on Thursday (12 April) for talks that focused on steadily improving relations between the countries of Central Asia and the negotiation of a new Kyrgyzstan-EU agreement.
Central Europe 13-04-2018

Juncker upbeat on Slovak presidency of Visegrad

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who received yesterday (12 April) the new Slovak PM Peter Pellegrini, made optimistic remarks on the upcoming Slovak presidency of the Visegrad countries, in the perspective of a deal to reform the Dublin asylum system.
Elections 12-04-2018

Barnier for President, says Brussels-bubble

Michel Barnier is the top candidate to win the European Commission presidency after next May's European elections, as a reward for delivering Brexit. At least, that is what the Brussels-bubble thinks, according to a survey published on Thursday (12 April).
Politics 06-04-2018

Selmayr-gate: Storm in an EU teacup

Despite all the fury that rose after Martin Selmayr was appointed secretary-general of the Commission in February, one thing is now clear: the German official will keep his job.
Politics 06-04-2018

Commission: Selmayr was ‘obvious choice’

The European Commission has this week published 84 pages of replies to MEPs’ questions about Martin Selmayr’s controversial promotion to the top civil servant post in the Commission. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Politics 28-03-2018

EU lawmakers tone down row over Selmayr’s ‘coup-like’ rise

EU lawmakers on Wednesday (28 March) criticised the "coup-like" promotion of European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's top aide Martin Selmayr, but stopped short of asking the decision to be reversed.
Central Europe 28-03-2018

Rule of law: Chance for compromise between Warsaw and Brussels?

Members of Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) party have proposed amendments to the controversial laws governing the Polish judicial system that put Warsaw in the crosshairs of the European Commission. It is still unclear if these changes will soothe the dispute or if they are just empty gestures. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

Juncker casts doubt on resolving tariff dispute with Trump by 1 May deadline

The EU is unlikely to secure permanent exemption from US steel and aluminium tariffs by the time President Trump’s stopgap reprieve from the measures expires on 1 May, Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.
Global Europe 21-03-2018

Juncker under fire for ‘nauseating’ Putin letter

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker came under fire yesterday (20 March) over a "nauseating" letter congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election even as Britain blames Moscow for a deadly toxin attack.
Global Europe 20-03-2018

No new Russia sanctions, or Tusk letter to Putin

Theresa May will update fellow EU leaders on the Salisbury spy attack on Thursday evening but has not requested any further sanctions on Russia following the attack, an EU official has said.
Global Europe 20-03-2018

Juncker urges Putin to ‘re-establish’ security cooperation

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (20 March) to help "re-establish" continental security cooperation following his re-election, amid mounting concern over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain.
Elections 20-03-2018

Key EU lawmakers committee to query Selmayr’s promotion at hearing

The European Parliament's budgetary control committee wants a senior EU Commission official to clarify the sudden promotion of its president's chief aide to the top of the EU civil service, underlining the continuing unease among lawmakers over the move.
Politics 16-03-2018

The Brief – Europe united

Who says the European Union cannot be united? Or that it can no longer see eye to eye with Washington on anything?
Future EU 16-03-2018

Citizens’ consultations: An ambitious gamble to connect citizens with Brussels

France hopes to reconnect Brussels and European citizens through debates organised by civil society. Jean-Claude Juncker’s participation in the first event on 17 April has yet to be confirmed. EURACTIV.fr reports
Economy & Jobs 13-03-2018

Commission wants EU Labour Authority to open by 2019

The European Commission wants to set up a new EU agency to oversee cross-border labour disputes and manage the growing number of people who travel within the bloc for work. The agency would receive a budget of €50 million and open before the current Commission’s term ends next year.
Brexit 13-03-2018

The Brief – Another Groundhog Day

Another day, another Groundhog Day debate on Brexit.
Future EU 09-03-2018

Juncker ‘will assess’ Poland’s anti-Article 7 warnings

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday (8 March) handed Brussels a detailed defence of Warsaw's controversial judicial reforms and warned that any EU disciplinary action could deepen a "populist" backlash.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2018

A turnaround for social Europe?

Criticised for its lack of action on the social dialogue, the European Commission could reverse the trend this year with a “Fairness Pack” in mid-March that will include the creation of a European Labour Authority. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Politics 07-03-2018

The Brief, powered by PLATFORMA – Would you Buymayr or Selmayr?

As a Twitter sage asked yesterday, would you Buymayr or Selmayr at this point?
Economy & Jobs 06-03-2018

The Brief, powered by PLATFORMA – Mr Trump, poking each other’s eyes out leads to blindness

In the simplistic world of debate on global commerce, you are either a protectionist or a free trader. In truth, the free trade vs protectionist debate has always been something of a false dichotomy.
Elections 06-03-2018

For Romania’s president, the ‘Road to Sibiu’ could also lead to Brussels

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is being considered as a possible replacement for European Council President Donald Tusk when his term expires in December 2019, according to local media reports.