JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has bloody EU leaders over a backroom stitch-up that led to a appointment of his inheritor as Commission chief.
The effusive Brussels trainer pronounced a routine by that Ursula von der Leyen was comparison showed a confederation is going retrograde in terms of openness.
In a startle outburst a 64-year-old arch-europhile pragmatic a German counterclaim apportion would have reduction approved legitimacy in a post than he did.
He fumed: “The routine was not really transparent. But a routine that led to my assignment in 2014 was really transparent.
“We had lead possibilities and we knew what would occur if this celebration or that celebration would be a strongest celebration in a European Parliament.”
Mr Juncker was comparison around a Spitzenkandidat complement – German for lead claimant – that was meant to make a EU some-more democratic.
Under a routine a pan-European parties commission their collect to turn Commission arch before electorate expel their ballots in a EU elections.
But this time turn a organisation of EU leaders led by Emmanuel Macron killed off a complement and chose a subsequent trainer themselves during a marathon sealed summit.
Me Juncker voiced dismay that he will now “enter history” as “the initial and final Spitzenkandidat”.
German MEP Manfred Weber was earmarked for a tip pursuit as a centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) lead claimant before being unceremoniously dumped.
Yesterday he pronounced that leaders’ preference to mattock a complement had “damaged a approved beliefs of Europe”.
He fumed: “This is not a Europe we imagined. we will continue to quarrel for a democratisation of a EU.”
Mrs von der Leyen is a argumentative and unpopular figure in Germany, and her tenure as counterclaim apportion has been blighted by scandals and bungling.
A check for TV hire ARD showed only a third of electorate there behind a preference to parachute her into a presidency, with some-more than half opposed.
Separately, a Der Spiegel consult this week had her as a second slightest favourite apportion among typical Germans, with a restlessness rating of 78 per cent.
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Brexit Party MEP Richard Tice slammed her betterment to a tip pursuit in a face of minimal open scrutiny.
He said: “A unsuccessful counterclaim apportion has been booted upstairs to a EU by Germany, unfortunate to get absolved of her insufficiency and her cost.
“There has been no opinion or inspection by MEPs on a many critical of a 5 opposite EU presidents.”
Mrs von der Leyen’s appointment still has to be rubber-stamped by MEPs, who will opinion on her candidacy on Jul 16.
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