Supporters of Spitzenkandidat Jean-Claude Juncker on election night 2014 (Photo: European People's Party)

Spitzenkandidat system here to stay, MEPs warn capitals

MEPs of the constitutional affairs committee on Tuesday (23 January) formally began the battle with the national governments over who will get to decide the next president of the European Commission.

In a text adopted by 17 MEPs in favour, and six against, the committee said that the so-called Spitzenkandidaten process "is a principle that cannot be overturned".

MEPs also included a thinly-veiled threat, saying the parliament "will be ready to reject any candidate in the investitu...

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