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Juncker wants politicians not bureaucrats in new EU executive

Jean-Claude Juncker, a front-runner in the race to become president of the European Commission, told AFP he was ready to fight to have politicians rather than bureaucrats on his team. And to revive the European Union, it will be vital to get France and Germany back on the same page after May's European elections, the long-time former Luxembourg premier said in an interview.

Juncker wants politicians not bureaucrats in new EU executive

Jean-Claude Juncker, a front-runner in the race to become president of the European Commission, told AFP he was ready to fight to have politicians rather than bureaucrats on his team. And to revive the European Union, it will be vital to get France and Germany back on the same page after May's European elections, the long-time former Luxembourg premier said in an interview.

Luxembourg's Juncker wins center-right backing in bid for top EU job

By John O'Donnell DUBLIN (Reuters) - Former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker, a fixture of European politics for the past 25 years, won the backing of Europe's center-right parties on Friday to be their candidate for European Commission president. Juncker, who lost office last year after 18 years as prime minister, beat French rival Michel Barnier, the EU's regulation chief, to become the European People's Party (EPP) top candidate for the European Parliament elections in May.

European leaders jockey for top EU jobs

Europe's biggest conservative political group has gone into battle to grab the job of European Commission president when it becomes vacant next year, with former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker lining up with others for the post. Leaders of the European People's Party (EPP), including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, agreed at talks ahead of a European Union summit to elect a candidate at a party convention in Dublin on March 6 and 7, said party president Joseph Daul.

Luxembourg PM Juncker under threat as opponents seek coalition

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker was facing the end of a 19-year run in power on Tuesday after the centre-right Democratic Party (DP) said it would begin coalition talks with would-be partners, the Socialists and the Greens. Juncker's Christian Social People's Party (CSV) has led governments in the tiny state between France, Germany and Belgium for all but five years since World War Two, but lost three seats in an election on Sunday to leave it with just 23 in the 60-seat parliament.

Luxembourg parties eye coalition without Juncker

Europe's longest-serving leader Jean-Claude Juncker risked losing power in Luxembourg to a coalition of Liberals, Socialists and Greens on Monday, despite taking the largest share of the vote in a parliamentary election. The heads of the Liberal and Socialist parties said a day after the vote they would open talks with the Green party, a move that could see Juncker's centre-right Christian Social People's party (CSV) ousted.

Juncker in pole position to form Luxembourg coalition

Europe's longest-serving leader Jean-Claude Juncker suffered clipped wings in elections, but assumed pole position Monday to form a new Luxembourg government that would take him into a remarkable third decade in power. Nearly 19 years in power, the veteran eurozone dealmaker took the largest share of the vote, although his centre-right CSV party lost three seats in the 60-member parliament.

Veteran Luxembourg PM leads polls but loses ground

Luxembourg's veteran Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker took a clear lead at snap elections Sunday, but after 18 years in office Europe's longest-serving leader lost ground, official figures showed. Despite the slide, Juncker immediately announced he would try to form a workable coalition government. His conservative Christian Social People's Party (CSV) led the field with 33.6 percent of the vote -- against 38 percent four years ago -- meaning it looked set to lose three of 26 seats in the 60-member parliament, according to official figures that were almost complete.

Luxembourg prime minister's party loses seats in elections

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The party of Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker suffered losses in the country's elections on Sunday, with its worst showing since 1999, but it will remain by far the largest in parliament. The center-right Christian Social People's Party (CSV), which has held the post of prime minister for all but five years since World War Two, will have 23 seats in the 60-seat parliament, down three from the last elections in 2009.

Party of Luxembourg's long-serving prime minister wins most votes

LUXEMBOURG - The Christian Democrat party of long-serving Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker easily remained the biggest party and the first choice to form a new coalition government following Sunday's elections. With near complete results, Juncker's CSV will drop almost 4.5 points from the 38 per cent of the 2009 elections, but remains well ahead of both Socialist coalition partner LSAP, which hovered just over 20 per cent and the opposition Liberal DP, which made a big move up to 18.5 per cent.
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