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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has extended strong support for former prime minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker for his bid to become the president of the EU Commission.
"The European People's Party has emerged from the European Parliament elections as the strongest political force with our lead candidate Jean-Claude Juncker," Merkel said Friday during her address to an audience in the city of Regensburg.
"Therefore I will carry out all my talks in the spirit that Jean-Claude Juncker should be the president of the European Commission," Merkel stressed.
Merkel’s conservative bloc, comprising Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union in Bavaria, is among the leading members of the European People’s Party, an umbrella political party of European center-right parties and conservatives.
The umbrella party won Sunday’s European Parliament elections and strengthened its hand to hold the top post in the EU.
The party secured its strength as the largest political group at the European Parliament following elections, winning 214 of the 751 seats with 28.50 percent of the vote. Socialists, the second largest political group at the parliament, won 191 seats with 25.43 percent.
The European Parliament’s party group leaders backed Tuesday conservative Juncker as the parliament’s candidate for the president of the EU Commission.
But election of the commission's chief also requires approval from the heads of states and governments of the 28 EU member states.
Early this week, governments of the U.K., Hungary, Sweden and the Netherlands raised reservations for a quick decision on Juncker’s election.
The German chancellor had earlier refrained from displaying strong support for Juncker, drawing criticism from members of her own party and conservative partners.Last Mod: 31 Mayıs 2014, 09:26