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EU backs Juncker to head Commission in blow to UK

Zone(s): EU ¦ Sector(s): Commission Presidency

[27 June 2014, BBC News] EU leaders in Brussels have nominated former Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker to be president of the European Commission, in a blow to the UK. Prime Minister David Cameron called it “a serious mistake”. “This is going to be a long, tough fight,” he said. He had pushed for a vote on Mr Juncker – breaking with tradition – and 26 out of 28 countries backed him. Only Mr Cameron and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban voted against him. Mr Juncker is also likely to win a vote by Euro MPs. It is the most powerful job in Brussels – the Commission drafts EU laws, oversees national budgets, enforces EU treaties and negotiates international trade deals.