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Merkel supports Juncker for the presidency of the European Commission

Merkel supports Juncker for the presidency of the European Commission

It's the first time since the Euro elections that German Chancellor officially takes a position in favor of a candidate.

Juncker is the candidate of the European People's Party, the party of the German Chancellor belongs in and the one that won the most seats in European Parliament. It won 213 out of a total of 751 seats, which gives the candidate the lead to claim the position of President of the European Commission, but it needs a double majority from the leaders of the EU member states and at least 376 votes in the European Parliament. "Now I carry out all the debates in the sense that Jean-Claude Juncker will become the European Commission president" Merkel said in a speech in Regensburg, according to a comment on Twitter made by her representative Stephen Zaimpert.

Against the nomination of Juncker are several European leaders, as the British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Hungarian Viktor Orban, the Swede Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Dutchman Mark Rutte and the Finn Jyrki Katainen, who is also reported for the position. "As a member of the EPP I support Jean-Claude Juncker as a candidate for the presidency of the Commission [...] but I'm obliged to respect the European treaties" the German Chancellor added on Tuesday.