PM: I'm unapologetic about calling for EU reform & standing up for principle that national leaders choose next Commission Pres
1. This is Jean-Claude Juncker, the former prime minister of Luxembourgh and the new president of the European Commission.
2. He has a rather tense relationship with David Cameron, mainly because the prime minister said at the beginning of June that Britain could leave the EU if Juncker was named president of the commission.
3. Jucker was expected to be elected because his party, the European People’s Party, received the highest number of seats and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel had already given him her backing.
4. Which led to a slightly awkward relationship between these two, as Cameron and Merkel were thought to be close allies in Europe. Put simply, she didn’t respond well to his threats.
At a joint press conference, Merkel said: “I made myself clear by saying that I am for Jean-Claude Juncker. But when I made that statement in Germany I also made the point that we act in a European spirit.
We always do that because otherwise you would never reach a compromise … Threats are not part and parcel of that spirit. That is not part of the way in which we usually proceed.”