The Europhile favourite for the next President of the European Commission has arrogantly tweeted about his confidence this morning, claiming that he is sure to be the next Commission President.
The move has already attracted opprobrium from media sources, as the position is unelected an unaccountable to the European public. It is also the most powerful position in the European Union.
I am more confident than ever that I will be the next European Commission President.
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) June 4, 2014
But Juncker’s confidence may be misplaced. German Chancellor, thought of as the kingmaker for the role yesterday floated the idea of IMF chief Christine Lagarde being parachuted into the position.
Juncker’s aspirations have been opposed by British Prime Minister David Cameron due to his insistence on creating a United States of Europe, and taking more powers from national parliaments.
Juncker is known to be a fan of a united European military force.
The timetable before the appointment is as follows:
- 26-27 June 2014: New Commission president nominated by EU leaders at June European Council meeting.
- 14-17 July 2014: European Parliament votes to approve or reject new Commission president at plenary session.
- Summer 2014: Each EU country nominates their commissioners. New Commission President distributes portfolios within his team.
- September: Commissioners scrutinised in individual hearings before Parliament.
- Oct. 2014: European Parliament votes to approve or reject new European Commission as a whole.
- 1 Nov. 2014: Target date for new Commission to take office.
- November 2014: End of mandate of Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council.