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MEPs pick Juncker as next Commission chief

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By Euronews
MEPs pick Juncker as next Commission chief

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.

Juncker’s appointment is the first of its kind; MEPs 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.

The so-called Spitzenkandidaten – or ‘top candidate’ – process saw the centre-right EPP party pick the former prime minister of Luxembourg as their preferred choice to take over at the EU executive.

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.