European Elections 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker Elected President of EU Commission

Politics » EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2014 | July 15, 2014, Tuesday // 15:30| Views: 1023 | Comments: 1
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Bulgaria: Jean-Claude Juncker Elected President of EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: EPA/BGNES

A majority in the European Parliament has approved Jean-Claude Juncker to be President of the European Commission, reports BBC.

He got 422 votes out of the 729 total cast in the secret ballot, despite strong opposition earlier from Britain. Juncker got well over the 376 votes minimum that he needed.

There were 250 votes against him, 47 abstentions and 10 spoilt ballots.

A firm believer in EU integration, the former Luxembourgh Prime Minister will succeed incumbent Jose Manuel Barroso of Portugal in November.

In a speech to MEPs, he pledged the Commission would be a "political body", not just Europe's civil service.

He got sustained applause when he said the euro "protects Europe".

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anon - 16 Jul 2014 // 14:25:25

He got sustained applause when he said the euro "protects Europe". - Just shows how out of touch he is. The euro is an absolute failure and all Europeans are being robbed blind to prop the failing currency up. Fantastic decision by Bulgaria to not join as planned. History will prove this to be an excellent decision.