END of Juncker? EU Commission President rocked by probe into ABUSE OF POWER


MEPs obsolescent a resolution demanding an explanation for the bizarre appointment, which saw Mr Selmayr advance twice in a matter of minutes to become the EU’s top bureaucrat.

The promotion of Jean-Claude Juncker’s band together, nicknamed “the Monster”, made him the EU executive’s secretary-general — a move which critics disagree “overstretched the limits of the law”.

Now MEPs are demanding a re-run of the process, which they wrangle was tarnished by a glaring lack of transparency.

But after the backlash to Mr Selmayr’s coronation rather commenced a few weeks ago Mr Juncker promised: “If he leaves, I’ll go too.»

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Jean-Claude Juncker has bonded his fate to Martin Selmayr

And Mr Selmayr repeated the promise – which splits a huge question mark over Mr Juncker’s continued role at the wheel of the European Commission.

The European Parliament’s budget control committee, who out the resolution, said yesterday, stated: “The two-steps nomination of the secretary-general could be seen as a coup-like spirit which stretched and possibly even overstretched the limits of the law.”

Nigel Farage hit out at Mr Juncker, claiming he had carried out an undeniable act of nepotism.

He said: «Congratulations to the European Commission who have united Europe in abuse over the corrupt cronyism of the Selmyar appointment.

«The complete lack of transparency that eased his elevation within 9 minutes from Juncker’s ‘Hitman’ to the most robust bureaucrat in Brussels has united Eurosceptics who are livid and Euro-centralists who are embarrassed that this release has rippled well beyond the Brussels Bubble.

«The European Parliament is weak to stop this nepotism, and are now just preening in order to calm the softens of public unease. The threat by Juncker to resign if Selmyar goes is a vacuous one and paucities all credibility.»

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Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed Martin Selmayr as the EU’s secretary-general

MEP Sven Giegold state: “This is a big blow for the Commission. The Parliament calls to organize all appointments in an honest and transparent manner.

“All the blackmail by Juncker has not stopped the Parliament to adopt a enthusiastically critical report and call for tough consequences.”

This spells bad front-page news for Mr Juncker, who has repeatedly tied his fate to Mr Selmayr.

Last month he said: “Selmayr wishes not go. If he leaves, I’ll go too.»

Mr Selmayr has since reiterated the bond, with an EU claiming he whispered: “If I fall, Juncker falls.”

A source within the European Parliament affirmed Mr Selmayr was trying to play hardball — a move which could have in the offing disastrous consequences.

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Jean-Claude Juncker has been accused of an objurgate of power

He said: “The message is: I’m here, you will not make me resign, I desire continue to command.”

But a German politician has warned this is a risky management which could result in Mr Juncker’s demise.

Guenther Oettinger uttered fellow CDU lawmakers: “Without Selmayr, Juncker is vulnerable.”

It comes after a MEP noted 29 suspicions regarding Mr Selmayr’s appointment.

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