Skip to comments.Merkel takes boat trip with Juncker opponents (EU Commission president horse-trading)
Posted on 06/10/2014 3:23:07 AM PDT by Olog-hai
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a trip in Sweden listened to British, Swedish and Dutch arguments against appointing Jean-Claude Juncker as the next EU commission chief.
Invited by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Merkel joined her counterparts from Britain and the Netherlands for a two-day trip complete with a lake boat excursion at Reinfeldts summer residence in Harpsund, near Stockholm.
The four leaders were set to hold a press conference on Tuesday morning after their talks. Officially, the Juncker appointment was not on the agenda. [ ]
Nominating top candidates, a novelty which EU political families and the European Parliament came up with in order to increase turnout and make the election of the commission chief more democratic, is not explicitly laid out in the treaty (of Lisbon). Leaders in the European Council should nominate the person for the commission top job, although they must take into account the result of elections and consult with the Parliament, who then votes on the nomination.
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