On Tuesday, Jean-Claude Juncker, was selected as the succeeding President of the European Commission for the upcoming five years. Though he was a contentious choice to lead as the executive of EU, however, an overwhelming majority of the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) voted in his favor. The former Prime Minister of Luxembourg got 422 votes from the the 751-seat parliament. The votes were 42 more than the absolute majority which he needed.
His selection was forcefully opposed by the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, David Cameron. However, Juncker had a support of some 26 state leaders of EU. Following his appointment, a special summit of EU has been scheduled for Wednesday in Brussels, in which the government officials will look to take hold of the leading jobs, which will be available some time later in this year.
During his 47-minute speech, which he made in front of a secret ballot, Juncker made preludes to some of the Christian and social democrats, which are the two largest blocks in the Strasbourg chamber, to greens, and to those believing in liberalism.