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Doubts over nominee threaten new EU Commission

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Controversy surrounding a would-be EU Commissioner is threatening a European institutional crisis.

The Parliament in Brussels is seeking a solution after a stormy question and answer session with Bulgaria’s Rumiana Jeleva raised doubts about her ability to secure the job.

Allegations over her business interests and those of her husband back home have created problems.

Jeleva, Bulgaria’s current foreign minister, denies any wrongdoing and is adamant she wants the EU’s Humanitarian Aid Portfolio. But her vision of the job itself failed to impress some MEPs.

Support from fellow Conservatives stands in stark contrast to scepticism and downright opposition from other parliamentary groups. And, as MEPs can only reject or accept a complete Commission not individual candidates, the whole incoming line-up is now at risk.