June 29, 2014

The EU Elects a President Nobody Wants

Ian Traynor, The Guardian

The Associated Press

A catalogue of complacency, negligence, miscalculation and manoeuvring by national leaders over the past nine months conspired to deliver an outcome no one really wanted – Jean-Claude Juncker, Europe's accidental president.

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TAGGED: Europe, David Cameron, UK, European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker


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