Notes on European political culture




What is new and what is old about the EC presidency

Against the backdrop of the recent boat-rocking European Parliament elections, which saw the extreme right groups—in particular France’s Front National—make prominent inroads, the process of electing on new president of the European Commission is revealing a new story not only about the politics of the post, but about the particular historical setting in which Europe finds itself.

News comes from Harpsund, Sweden that opposition is growing against the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, member of the European People’s Party. With a long and eminent career in European top-politics behind him, Juncker is widely respected as a highly competent political voice in European politics. Why is his candidacy to the post of EC president on the brink of stalling?