Juncker in line for EC president

Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday he had won assurances from German chancellor Angela Merkel that he would become the next EC president if their centre-right bloc wins the European parliamentary elections on 22-25 May. Juncker's comments, made in an interview with Bild am Sonntag paper, contrasted with Merkel’s own suggestion on Saturday that the real choice might be made – as in the past – only after prolonged horse-trading between national governments.