Cameron Accused of Blackmail Over EU Power Struggle

THE GUARDIAN – David Cameron was accused on Sunday of blackmail and threats as his attempts to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming president of the European commission put him at the centre of a power struggle for control of the European Union.

The prime minister was criticised for his tactics in the battle to stop the former Luxembourg politician getting the top job, following reports of him warning that the appointment could spark an early referendum and drive the UK out of the EU.

Cameron appears to be staking his reputation on stopping Juncker, as he fears the leading candidate would not allow the UK to negotiate a new relationship with Brussels to the satisfaction of Eurosceptics.

His gamble against Juncker gained another possible ally on Sunday, as the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, described him as “one name … but not the name for the commission”. Cameron has already gathered support from Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden. There are also reports that François Hollande has cooled on Juncker since the victory of the anti-immigrant, anti-EU Front National in the European elections and would prefer a French candidate.

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