David Cameron Losing Allies in Anti-Juncker CampaignEuropean Elections 2019 | June 19, 2014, Thursday // 12:17| views
UK Prime minister David Cameron. Photo by EPA/BGNES
The opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission President candidacy is increasingly waning, much to the disliking of UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Italy was seen as Cameron’s strong ally in voting against Juncker’s nomination, but it now seems as though Prime Minister Matteo Renzi could be heading in another direction. On Wednesday, he met with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, where the two reportedly discussed next week’s EU summit for designating an EC presidential candidate.
Renzi’s demands are that the next Commission will focus on reforms that would move away from the austerity policies. He did not, however, clarify his position on Juncker.
Two of Cameron’s other allies in the anti-Juncker campaign, the Netherlands and Sweden, are also softening to the prospect of the ex-Luxembourg Prime Minister’s nomination and “do not rule it out as a possibility”, EurActiv informed.
Both the Dutch and Swedish Prime Ministers were cautious in their latest comments, saying that the content of the upcoming discussions will be far more important than the names put forward.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a supporter of Juncker’s candidacy, has criticized Cameron’s approach and is hoping for a sooner decision, in order to avoid an institutional crisis in Brussels.
The next European Commission should begin its term in November.