Juncker’s Great Game – the new Commission

EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

This new, hierarchical, Commission seems as complicated in its functioning as the EU itself.


After ten days of sometimes tense hearings, the risk of a clash between Jean-Claude Juncker and the Parliament faded away and the relevant committees validated the candidacy and portfolios of most Commissioners.

This result could be achieved only through intense backstage horse-dealing between the parties of the majority, the Christian-Democrats (EPP), the Socialists (S&D) and the Liberals (ALDE). The party bosses made sure that the hesitant and the grumpy among their foot soldiers be mad...


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