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The wrangling over the top post at the European Commission continues with a mini-summit in Sweden. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who recently declared her support for Jean-Claude Juncker, is meeting there with her colleagues from the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands, who reject him. Commentators urge the heads of government to accept the European Parliament’s top candidate, stressing that the EU mustn’t allow itself to be blackmailed by London.
In the dispute over who becomes head of the European Commission, German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled willingness to compromise on Thursday, hinting that the UK may be compensated if it accepts EPP candidate Jean-Claude Juncker as president. Some commentators want a British commissioner for the single market. Others say the wrangling over the post has only produced losers and done considerable harm to the EU.
FT.com – World, Europe
The dispute over who will be the next leader of the European Commission has become the most bitter row since the height of the eurozone crisis
open Democracy News Analysis – by John Palmer
David Cameron, his deputy and even the leader of the opposition Labour Party, all find support for someone you disagree with bewildering.
Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe will become the country’s new king today, Thursday. He succeeds his father Juan Carlos, who announced his abdication at the start of June. Commentators expect Felipe VI to spruce up the Spanish monarchy’s tattered image and hope he will mediate in the dispute over independence for Catalonia.
Russia stopped deliveries of gas to Ukraine on Monday. After weeks of negotiations the two countries were still unable to agree on prices and Ukraine’s repayment of its debts. Commentators voice concern about Europe’s energy security and call on the EU to make itself independent of Russian gas.
Public affairs officers in Europe are increasingly moving online to reach EU policy makers, linking their campaigns to what high-level official of the EU Commission, Robert Madelin, called the ?creation of a digital public service? on Thursday (19 June).
Britain, almost uniquely, does not invest in itself.
Many people, including apparently the Bank of England, are puzzled by the fact that productivity growth in the UK has ground to a halt. There is, however, a compellingly simple explanation. It is that the UK, for the first time since the start of the Industrial Revolution, has virtually stopped investing in the future and particularly in the type of economic activities which are capable of yielding significant increases in output per head