Cameron to Press Case Against Juncker in Van Rompuy TalksThomas Penny
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will meet European Council President Herman Van Rompuy June 23 to press his opposition to the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission.
Cameron will tell Van Rompuy at a meeting in London that all three major parties in Britain oppose the “Spitzenkandidat” process that could see Juncker become commission president as a result of voting in the European Parliament elections, the premier’s office said in an e-mailed statement.
Cameron “also spoke to Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, this afternoon about the appointment of the commission president,” the premier’s office said today. “Both leaders agreed national leaders at the European Council should be the ones to propose the president of the European Commission and they will continue to oppose having a candidate imposed on them by the European Parliament on the basis of the EP elections.”
The European Council, as the EU summit is known, will meet on June 26-27 to discuss the candidacy and Cameron has pledged to fight Juncker’s appointment “to the end.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given her backing to Juncker, the former Luxembourg prime minister.