JEAN Claude Juncker is the current President of the European Commission. But who is he and when did he get the job? Here's our lowdown... Who is Jean-Claude Juncker? Jean-Claude Juncker is a Luxembourgish politician and current President of the European Commission. He is fluent in Luxembourgish, French, German, and English. He was the 23rd Prime Minsiter of Luxembourg, and served as the country's Minister for Finances from 1989 to 2009. How old is he? Jean-Claude was born on 9 December 1954. The 63-year-old was born in Redange, Luxembourg, and grew up in Belvaux. 'THIS IS BRUTAL' Dynasties viewers left traumatised as penguin chick abandoned by its mum DEAD WRONG Plaque in 'loving memory' of SADDAM HUSSEIN appears on bench in bizarre prank RAM RAID TRIAL Moment 'samurai sword-wielding gang knife hero outside jewellery store' instafan Student haunted by mystery 'stalker' lookalike who copies her social media posts FIRES OF HELL What caused the California wildfires and why have they … [Read more...] about How old is Jean-Claude Juncker and when did he become President of the European Commission?
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By Daphne Psaledakis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Maros Sefcovic, a Slovak currently overseeing EU energy policy, announced on Monday his bid for the presidency of the European Commission, the bloc's top job, vowing to tackle the "barbed-wire" mentality he said still divided the continent. But his criticism of what he called "simplistic solutions" to problems such as migration proposed by right-wing populists drew a swift retort from Italy's anti-immigrant interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who complained that Brussels had long ignored Rome's requests for help in taking in asylum seekers. The current head of the EU's executive Commission, Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker, will step down next year. His successor must be agreed by leaders of the EU member states following elections to the European Parliament next May. Their nominee must then be confirmed by EU lawmakers before taking up the reins in November 2019. Earlier this month, German conservative Manfred Weber, an ally of Chancellor … [Read more...] about Slovakia’s Sefcovic announces bid to head European Commission
Merkel in 2015 with economy minister Peter Altmeier, one of the potential German contenders for the European Commission post. Photo: DPA German Chancellor Angel Merkel wants a compatriot as the next president of the European Commission, local media reported Wednesday, apparently backing away from a demand that the European Central Bank installs a German as head. German Chancellor Angel Merkel wants a compatriot as the next president of the European Commission, local media reported Wednesday, apparently backing away from a demand that the European Central Bank installs a German as head. "The highest priority for Merkel is no longer the ECB but rather the Commission," reported the business daily Handelsblatt. The paper said Germany's leader views the head of the Commission as more politically relevant than the same role within the ECB. Germany's candidate for the central bank role is the current head of Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann, and it is thought he has damaged his … [Read more...] about Merkel seeks to have German head the European Commission
JEAN Claude Juncker is the current President of the European Commission. But how did he get the job, who is he, and what has he said about Brexit? Here's our lowdown... Who is Jean Claude Juncker? Jean Claude Juncker is a Luxembourgish politician and current President of the European Commission. He was born in Redange, Luxembourg, and grew up in Belvaux. He is fluent in Luxembourgish, French, German, and English. He was the 23rd Prime Minsiter of Luxembourg, and served as the country's Minister for Finances from 1989 to 2009. When did he become President of the European Commission? Jean Claude Juncker was appointed President of the European Commission in 2014. Prior to that he served as Prime Minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013. In May 2017, Mr Juncker faced awkward questions after it was claimed he was drunk during a United Nation's peace summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomatic sources told The Sun at the time the EU Commission chief was "very visibly" drunk. 'GETTING ON WITH … [Read more...] about How old is Jean-Claude Juncker, when did he become President of the European Commission and what has he said about Brexit?
SLIGHTED French politicians have hit the roof after the European Commission signalled the English language will become more important in Brussels after Brexit. New budget proposals reveal funding for English translation will be maintained despite Britain leaving the EU. In the club’s latest seven year budget plan the Commission stated: “Translation and interpretation services in the English language will remain unaffected.” The European Court of Justice is also exploring the possibility of adopting our mother tongue as an official language as well as French. Socialist MEP Sylvie Guillaume moaned: “After Brexit, there’s a big temptation to make English the language of reference even more in the future. “It worries me because I don’t really want us to end up speaking a language without subtlety on sensitive subjects.” Figures two years ago showed that 81 per cent of the Commission’s documents were written in English – double the … [Read more...] about French politicians furious after European Commission signals English will be main language after Brexit