Ukip Rampage Returns EU Crisis to Centre Stage

Rose Jacobs, Newsweek, 21.11.2014

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Like Nigel Farage, some of the charm of Jean-Claude Juncker (sometimes known as ‘Johnny’), lies in his declining to speak like a politician. That, however, is where the similarities between the UK Independence Party leader and European Commission president end. [...]

But Janis Emmanouilidis, director of studies at the European Policy Centre, argues reluctance among EU leaders to push out Juncker is also down to the sort of political pragmatism he himself is known for. “No one has the appetite to find a new Commission president.” [...]

Moreover, argues Emmanouilidis, heads of government have an innate sense of what a politician can ride out. “Many have faced their own difficulties at the national level and found themselves in situations where they were under pressure to resign, and they have a gut feeling for when a situation might lead to someone needing to step down.” The feeling seems to be that this is not one of those situations. [...]

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