Juncker: I won't kneel to Britain

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Jean-Claude Juncker is defiant over British opposition to him becoming EC president Jean-Claude Juncker is defiant over British opposition to him becoming EC president

The candidate vying to take the European Union's top job in the face of stiff opposition from David Cameron has vowed he will not be forced on to his knees to secure British support.

As his bid to become president of the European Commission comes under intense pressure, Jean-Claude Juncker told allies it would be wrong to "give in" to the UK's demands and lashed out at the tactics of the press.

The former prime minister of Luxembourg reportedly launched his attack at a private meeting of the European People's Party (EPP) bloc, the centre-right group that gained the most seats in last month's EU elections and includes Angela Merkel's party.

Mr Cameron is vehemently opposed to the candidacy and is said to have warned European leaders last week that Britain could leave the EU if the arch-federalist succeeded.

According to the Guardian, Mr Juncker, who earlier this week insisted he is "more confident than ever" of landing the job, told the EPP: "It is wrong if we give in to the British here.

"I will not be forced to get on my knees before the British."

He added: "What bothers me is the gathering British press campaign. The tabloid press has occupied my house, photographers are harassing my neighbours, they are asking neighbours about family stories.

"You had better be ready for a lot more dirt."

The Prime Minister and the German chancellor , who have been at loggerheads over the appointment, held talks over the fraught issue on the fringes of the G7 summit to try to find a way forward.

Mrs Merkel has publicly backed Mr Juncker to succeed Jose Manuel Barroso but unconfirmed reports earlier this week suggested she had privately raised with French president Francois Hollande the possibility that he might put IMF chief Christine Lagarde's name forward.

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12:53pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"What bothers me is the gathering British press campaign. The tabloid press has occupied my house, photographers are harassing my neighbours, they are asking neighbours about family stories."

Would this, perchance, be the self-same British Press that have learnt all the lessons from the Leveson Inquiry; won't repeat the same crimes and misdemeanours again and have therefore been judged, by our glorious Prime Minister in his infinite wisdom, to be quite capable of being left to control themselves via self-regulation?
"What bothers me is the gathering British press campaign. The tabloid press has occupied my house, photographers are harassing my neighbours, they are asking neighbours about family stories." Would this, perchance, be the self-same British Press that have learnt all the lessons from the Leveson Inquiry; won't repeat the same crimes and misdemeanours again and have therefore been judged, by our glorious Prime Minister in his infinite wisdom, to be quite capable of being left to control themselves via self-regulation? Katie Re-Registered
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2:56pm Fri 6 Jun 14

The Grim North says...

Junker had to resign over his own country's secret service who were accused of illegal bugging politicians. The words pot, kettle and black spring to mind. The man is a danger to democracy and the more **** the press dig on him the better if it keeps him out on the job.
Junker had to resign over his own country's secret service who were accused of illegal bugging politicians. The words pot, kettle and black spring to mind. The man is a danger to democracy and the more **** the press dig on him the better if it keeps him out on the job. The Grim North
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