Socialists and Liberals have made it clear that they won’t consent to Juncker, while the rise of Eurosceptics troubles.
The Euro elections are over, but so far there is no clear picture of who will ultimately be the next president of the European Commission. This will take a few weeks, as no political group has the clear leadership and the EPP got injured from the electoral process. EPP lost around 50 seats in proportion to the previous parliament, while Socialists and Liberals rushed to declare that they don’t intend to compromise in the name of Juncker. Martin Schulz and Guy Ferchofstant saw their rates go up clarifying they won’t consent, while his side Juncker appeared troubled and his speech didn’t contain “leadership” and “unifying” attributes. On Tuesday morning, the group leaders will meet for an initial discussion and an evening dinner will be held with the 28 Heads of State and Governments that will give Rompuy a mandate to conduct discussions for consent to a candidate.
From the results it’s obvious that a consensus between the two major factions is needed; since nobody else can gather 376 seats in alliances with smaller parties, except the Eurosceptics. The prevailing mess got... worse yesterday evening and Hungarian Prime Minister Orban put a “veto” on Juncker. On the other side, Shulz could easily distract the consent of Merkel and thus EPP with the blessings of the Liberals. In such a case, Juncker could be moved to the Presidency of the Council. However, the victory of Europe, democracy and participation was overshadowed by the results of two major countries, France and Britain. Le Pen exceeded by 5 points the traditional right and Nigel Farage ranked first for the first time. These two formations are the worst version of Euroscepticism and the extreme right in the EU. No corresponding impact was recorded anywhere else in the EU, but particular concern was created for the rates of Golden Dawn in Greece that emerged as the third party.