This blog may have given the impression that we were opposed to the appointment of His Waltness Herr Juncker as EU President, and Der Spiegel may have given the impression of supporting it. In fact, the opposite positions apply. We fully support Herr Juncker's candidacy, and Der Spiegel is signalling a change of position. Andrew Rawnsley also advises Observer readers why they should oppose Herr Juncker.
Revelations that Juncker is not only a failed corrupt politician kicked out of office in Luxembourg (which by all standards has a low bar for political probity) but that he's a drunk who can't control his expletive-filled ranting must make him a perfect candidate. His outdated world view, stuck somewhere in a 1980s kellerbar and utterly irrelevant to the problems that Europe faces today, only enhances his qualities for the job. His past history of corruption in Luxembourg will ensure he leads the Commission to new heights of crooked peculation, fraud and theft and will ensure that EU accounts remain unsigned until well into the 2020s. The man is perfect.
Nigel needs to time his one-minute group leaders' speech for after lunch, with Juncker in the chamber having dined well. The video will surpass anything from the EP so far.