Opinion

Sunday 17 December 2017

Cameron's EU presidency veto is foolish and badly timed

UK Prime Minister David Cameron
UK Prime Minister David Cameron
Former prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo credit: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg
John Bruton

John Bruton

It is difficult to understand why David Cameron has decided to expend so much of the UK's limited political capital in the EU on a bid to stop Jean Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission. The timing of his campaign, at this late stage when the European Parliament elections are over, is disastrous.

All the major political parties represented in the European Parliament selected their proposed candidates for President of the Commission, ahead of that election, on the belief that the candidate selected by the party that subsequently won the largest number of seats in the Parliament, would be the one who would be supported for President of the Commission.

The heads of almost all EU governments participated in the selection process of their European party's candidate. For example, Angela Merkel took part in the selection of Juncker as the European Peoples Party (EPP) candidate at the EPP Convention in Dublin a few months ago.

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