Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Commission is the most ‘politicised’ in the institution’s history

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Series Details 03.11.14
Publication Date 03/11/2014
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Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Commission officially entered office on 1 November 2014. Arndt Wonka and Holger Döring write on the political profile of the new Commissioners, noting that in line with the growing politicisation of the institution over recent decades, the 28 members include a record share of former prime ministers and deputy prime ministers. The percentage of Commissioners who have a partisan affiliation with their country’s current government, and the percentage who have previously gained ministerial experience in national politics, are also at record levels in comparison to previous Commissions.

To illustrate this trend EUObserver reported on the first College of European Commissioners weekly meeting under Mr Juncker on the 5 November 2014. He vowed to defend his institution from 'unjustified attacks' from EU national leaders. He also started a new process of debriefing the media at the daily press briefing following the College meeting.

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