Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
BREAKING NEWS

Naming of von der Leyen as EU executive chief not transparent - Juncker

Naming of von der Leyen as EU executive chief not transparent - Juncker
Euronews logo
Text size Aa Aa

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the process to appoint his successor, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, was not transparent and marked an unwelcome break with the practice of choosing parties’ lead candidates.

“The process was not very transparent,” Juncker told a news conference in Helsinki on Friday, replying to a question about how EU leaders this week selected the next president of the EU executive. The nominee requires European Parliament approval.

He added that his appointment five years ago was transparent as he was chosen by leaders after having campaigned in European elections.

“Unfortunately it did not become a tradition,” Juncker said. “I was the first and the last spitzenkandidat,” he added, using the German word for lead candidate in EU elections.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.