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European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. Image: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

The genius of Jean-Claude Juncker

11 September 2014 14:27

For all of the protestations about Jean Claude Juncker’s unsuitability for what is, ultimately, the EU’s top job (sorry, Angela Merkel), the unveiling of his new Commission yesterday has confirmed his reputation… Continue reading

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Britain gets better European Commissioner job than expected

10 September 2014 11:23

Jean-Claude Juncker clearly appreciated that high-five David Cameron gave him in Brussels recently: he’s appointed Lord Hill to a sizeable economic portfolio as the UK’s European Commissioner. The full list of… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s European crusade to save the Tory party

3 August 2014 10:55

The Sunday Telegraph has news that Boris Johnson will give a speech next week in which he will throw his weight behind a report, published by Volterra, calling for Britain… Continue reading

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Janus-faced Juncker sets out his stall

15 July 2014 17:30

Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a speech to the European Parliament this morning. Its content was, from the British government’s perspective, provocative. Juncker had one watchword: integration: and a clear idea of… Continue reading

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s biggest challenge: energy

11 July 2014 12:37

‘Energy is the single biggest issue facing Jean-Claude Juncker,’ remarked a seasoned Eurocrat to me earlier this week. Europe’s energy infrastructure is decrepit and insular. Rates of cross-border interconnection, for… Continue reading

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Angela Merkel offers a sop to the poor old British

30 June 2014 17:28

The row over Jean-Claude Juncker was confected outrage which spectacularly failed to achieve what Cameron wanted. It was confected because the alternatives to the ghastly Luxembourg bureaucrat are scarcely less federalist than… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker's phone call must have been as awkward as the afternoon tea scene in the Importance of Being Earnest. Picture: Carla Millar

The most awkward phone-call ever? Cameron congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker

29 June 2014 19:16

In an exchange so awkward it might rival Gwendolen and Cecily’s afternoon tea in The Importance of Being Earnest, David Cameron has this afternoon phoned Jean-Claude Juncker to congratulate him… Continue reading

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David Cameron at his press conference following Juncker's ascension to EU president Photo: Getty Images.

Leaked: what David Cameron really told Van Rompuy and the EU leaders last week

29 June 2014 13:25

It’s well known that David Cameron voted against Jean-Claude Juncker and tried to persuade his EU colleagues to do the same. Thanks to today’s Mail on Sunday, we know exactly… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Angela Merkel at the European Council summit at the end of last week. Picture: Getty

After being Junckered, the Cameron circle now fear for the renegotiation

29 June 2014 11:42

Getting Junckered was not an enjoyable experience for Downing Street. Not only has David Cameron lost his battle to stop the former Luxembourg PM becoming Commission President he has also… Continue reading

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There is a silver lining to Juncker’s appointment

28 June 2014 9:55

David Cameron has been trying to look on the bright side after failing to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming president of the European Commission. And while that might look like the… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s eurosceptic colleagues are pushing him to set out his renegotiation demands

27 June 2014 14:42

David Cameron has warned his European colleagues that there will be ‘consequences’ if they support Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment today. He’s already seeing the consequences back home, with eurosceptics who are… Continue reading

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David Cameron is acting in a principled way over Juncker – so let’s back him

27 June 2014 12:52

It’s pretty rich hearing the Labour Party criticize Cameron for taking a principled stance on Europe. How vulgar, they say, how amateur. Doesn’t he know that the job is to… Continue reading

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EU-SUMMIT-POLITICS

How will Cameron work with Juncker?

27 June 2014 8:50

David Cameron has been repeating his line about the importance of sticking to principles in opposing Jean-Claude Juncker this morning ahed of the European Council summit where his fate will… Continue reading

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What Cameron and Labour want to get out of the Juncker row

26 June 2014 17:38

Labour has supported David Cameron’s attempt to block Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, but that hasn’t stopped it getting a little pre-emptive attack in today as the… Continue reading

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Jeremy Hunt: Better to be isolated and right in Europe

24 June 2014 9:20

Is it a good thing that David Cameron now appears isolated in Europe as he continues to dig a hole that Jean-Claude Juncker almost certainly won’t fall into? Jeremy Hunt… Continue reading

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BRITAIN-EU-POLITICS

Coffee Shots: Cameron gives Van Rompuy the full and frank treatment

23 June 2014 17:34

David Cameron has this afternoon had a ‘full and frank’ discussion with European Council president Herman Van Rompuy about the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker for president of the European Commission.… Continue reading

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pmqs

The Commons is finally talking about Iraq. Will anyone notice?

18 June 2014 13:36

PMQs last week took place just hours after Mosul had fallen to ISIS. But despite this, not a single MP asked Cameron what the government’s position on the situation in… Continue reading

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David Cameron in Downing Street today with Li Keqiang. Picture: Getty

Cameron adjusts language on Juncker: ‘I’ll go on opposing that right up to the end’

17 June 2014 17:46

As I reported earlier, Number 10 is adjusting its commentary on Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid to become president of the European Commission to include plenty of conditional verbs. David Cameron appears… Continue reading

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Govt sources: die is not yet cast for Juncker

17 June 2014 14:28

Funnily enough, the government seems a little less bullish about blocking Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission than it did a fortnight ago. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman… Continue reading

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Cameron needn’t worry too much about Juncker fallout – for now

17 June 2014 8:40

What happens if, as reports suggest today, David Cameron fails in his bid to block Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission? It will make the Prime Minister look… Continue reading

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Cameron: I speak for disillusioned European voters

13 June 2014 8:37

David Cameron is today pleading with European leaders to drop their support for Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission. In an article published in a series of newspapers… Continue reading

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What’s the fuss about Juncker? Better a drunken, useless federalist than an effective, sober one

5 June 2014 17:17

David Cameron is surely right to think that Jean-Claude Juncker is not the man to relieve the European Union’s woes, but I wonder if it is worth a fight. It… Continue reading

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BELGIUM-EU-SUMMIT-MERKEL

Has Merkel blinked in Juncker row?

3 June 2014 19:05

Angela Merkel has reportedly blinked in the row over Jean-Claude Juncker’s candidacy for president of the European Commission and is now mooting IMF boss Christine Lagarde. The Reuters report cites… Continue reading

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UK govt still confident of success in junking Juncker

3 June 2014 12:01

Government sources are very keen to dispel the impression in Westminster that David Cameron’s tough guy act over the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker is a last-minute thing, insisting that the… Continue reading

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European Commission president row is example of PM’s ‘essay crisis’ strategy, MPs grumble

2 June 2014 14:15

David Cameron might be hoping that the eurosceptics in his party are chuffed with his tough guy stance on Jean-Claude Juncker. And by and large, they are. But they’re not… Continue reading

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