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MEPs pick Juncker as next Commission chief

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MEPs pick Juncker as next Commission chief

<p>Members of the European Parliament voted by 422-250 on Tuesday to back Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid to become the next president of the European Commission.</p> <p>Juncker’s appointment is the first of its kind; <span class="caps">MEP</span>s argued that EU rules agreed in 2009 meant that leaders should take into account the results of May’s European election when choosing a successor to José Manuel Barroso.</p> <p>The so-called Spitzenkandidaten – or ‘top candidate’ – process saw the centre-right <span class="caps">EPP</span> party pick the former prime minister of Luxembourg as their preferred choice to take over at the EU executive.</p> <p>Euronews’ Fariba Madvaddat spoke with Bruegel’s André Sapir on the key challenges facing the 59-year-old as he prepares to take over the Brussels hot seat.</p> <p><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152353330313110&set=a.234076628109.138056.101402598109&type=1" data-width="600"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152353330313110&set=a.234076628109.138056.101402598109&type=1">Post</a> by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews">euronews</a>.</div></div></p>