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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | MYT 1:11 AM

Merkel reaffirms Juncker is centre-right candidate to lead EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed on Tuesday that former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker was her centre-right group's candidate to head the European Commission but acknowledged that no party had a majority.

Speaking to reporters on arrival at an EU summit two days after the centre-right topped the poll in European Parliament elections across the 28-nation bloc, she said there would have to be negotiations and a compromise.

EU leaders would give European Council President Herman Van Rompuy a mandate to hold consultations with parliament on the formation of the new EU executive and its programme with Juncker, who was mandated by parliamentary leaders.

"We know that none of the party groups has a majority on its own so it will be a question of finding broad majorities and now we are going to set the parameters for that process," Merkel added. She did not mention opposition by Britain and some other countries to Juncker.

(Writing by Paul Taylor)


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