David Cameron plans to force an unprecedented vote among EU leaders over the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European commission president if it is decided that he commands sufficient support at a summit next week. Amid increasing momentum building up behind Juncker, Downing Street will make it clear that EU leaders should be forced to explain their support for the former Luxembourg prime minister at the summit. The prime minister will hold talks in Downing Street on Monday with Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, who has indicated in private that he is likely to be able to muster a “qualified majority” of votes supporting Juncker. Cameron will intensify the pressure on Van Rompuy by calling for the appointment of the next commission president to be discussed at a dinner to be attended by all 28 EU leaders in the sensitive setting of Ypres on Thursday night. Van Rompuy wants the event, which is being held to mark the centenary of the first world war, to focus on a general discussion about the challenges facing the EU to avoid a row during such a symbolic event. But Cameron will tell him that it would be… Read full this story
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