Jean-Claude Juncker (l) pictured with his chief of staff Martin Selmayr (Photo: junckerepp)

Hearings blunder offers glimpse into Juncker's working methods

The European Parliament’s hearing of Swedish commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom was supposed to be a no-brainer: A former MEP herself, straightforward and down-to-earth, she was never expected to be one of the "problematic" candidates.

And yet on Tuesday (30 September) it came to a vote - a measure reserved for weaker candidates, who fail to outright convince MEPs sitting on the hearing committee.

She did pass the vote, but the blunder that caused it offers a glimpse into the working...

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