Former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker was nominated by 26, out of 28 EU leaders to become the next President of the European Commission. The only two politicians who voted against his candidacy were British and Hungarian Prime Ministers. “We need to send a clear signal and a warning that we must stick to our national interests. And the British think the same,” Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said.
British PM David Cameron sent a message on Twitter saying: “I’ve told EU leaders they could live to regret the new process for choosing the Commission President. I’ll always stand up for UK interests.”
This is a first time that the EC President has not been chosen by consensus.
Now, Juncker candidacy will be voted on by the European Parliament. He will replace current EC head, Herman Van Rompuy.