15 July 2014

EU Parliament Elects Juncker as EU Commission President

The European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker (EPP, Luxembourg) as President of the European Commission with 422 votes (out of 729). Juncker’s promises include a €300bn “Jobs, Growth, and Investment Package,” “guaranteed minimum incomes” in all EU countries, a “European Energy Union,” a five year freeze on new EU members, and the pledge to maintain EU’s current food safety, social, health, and data protection standards in the TTIP negotiations. Juncker’s term will begin November 1.

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