Here’s The Interesting Bits From The Prime Minister’s European Battle With Jean-Claude Juncker

An ongoing saga that is finally coming to an end.

1. This is Jean-Claude Juncker, the former prime minister of Luxembourgh and the new president of the European Commission.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

5. And then they went on a boat.

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6. Cameron then had a chat with European Council President Herman Von Rompuy demanding, in softer terms, that EU leaders should vote on the next European Commission president.

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7. Not long afterward, rumours started to spread that Juncker is an alcoholic and a massive chain-smoker and this might affect his ability to do the job.

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8. And then Cameron prepared to leave for Ypres, where the leaders would vote on the president.

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9. Such concentration.

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10. The vote took place. And this man won anyway with only 2 out of 28 European leaders voting for Juncker not to be the next president.

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11. Awkward. Cameron turned it up a notch and declared it to be “a bad day for Europe.”

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PM: I'm unapologetic about calling for EU reform & standing up for principle that national leaders choose next Commission Pres

— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov)

13. Cameron then realised he could no longer do anything and was forced to make a rather embarrassing phone call to Juncker to congratulate him and talk about “how they would work together.”

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14. But things were looking up for the prime minister. His continued, public struggle to convince other European leaders not to vote for Juncker meant some leaders promised Britain would be given future concessions.

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15. And unsurprisingly Ed Miliband challenged the prime minister in the House of Commons, saying that Cameron’s inability to convince other leaders to vote against Juncker was an “utter humiliation.”

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Miliband: Cameron "may think it's splendid isolation - it isn't, it's utter humiliation" #juncker #euco

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17. And finally, Cameron retorted by telling Miliband that he was full of “endless wind, endless rhetoric”, to the pleasure of his colleagues.

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18. Until tomorrow then.

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