Merkel to discuss UK opposition to Juncker
Monday, June 09, 2014
LONDON - UK Prime Minister David Cameron is likely to repeat his opposition to the appointment of Jean Claude Juncker, as next EU Commission president, when he meets his German counterpart Angela Merkel in Stockholm on Monday.
Cameron's arguments for a more reformist candidate are likely to be bolstered by the attendence of the Swedish and Dutch prime ministers, Fredrik Reinfeldt and Mark Rutte whose EU stance is similiar to Cameron's.
The Netherlands and Sweden are often seen as close to UK positions on the EU, especially on market liberalisation, free trade and budget austerity in the current crisis.
UK Prime Minister Cameron is planning to put his country's EU membership to a referendum if his Conservative Party wins 2015 general elections but this might be brought forward if Juncker gets the European Union top job.
Cameron and Merkel discussed Juncker's presidential bid in last week's G-7 meeting in Brussels.
Merkel, together with the majority of Christian Democratic and socialist leaders in the European Council, back Junker, who was previously the Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
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