Rise of the Spitzenkandidat

27_juncker_r_w_LRGThe nomination of the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, as the next President of the European Commission, by the European Council, and his certain confirmation by the European Parliament later this summer, is not only remarkable for the effect it is likely to have on a future British referendum on remaining in the European Union; it also signals a shift in the balance of power within the EU.  What are the likely repercussions of Mr Juncker’s new job, and what of the man himself? Continue reading