PM in awkward meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker

David Cameron has endured an awkward-looking encounter with Jean-Claude Juncker after failing to block his appointment to the EU's top job. The Prime Minister held one-on-one talks with the Commission President in Brussels this morning after a summit of European leaders.

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Cameron to seek top European job for Lord Hill

Prime Minister David Cameron will return to Brussels to try and secure a European Commission post for Britain today.

After failing to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker being installed EU president, Mr Cameron has announced that Lord Hill of Oareford is the UK's nomination to serve in his team.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said the peer would be treated with "very very considerable respect" by EU figures.

Lord Hill of Oareford would be treated with "considerable respect" by EU figures. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA

"In terms of the UK portfolio, our view about the importance of economic priorities to us hasn't changed and Lord Hill's nomination is fully consistent with that," the spokesman added.

European Union heads of state and government are set to attend the EU summit tomorrow, after Jean-Claude Juncker was elected head of European Commission.

Juncker heckled by Eurosceptics after being sworn in

The European Commission's newly-elected head Jean-Claude Juncker found himself heckled by Eurosceptics in the European Parliament. Mr Juncker told MEPs (in French): "The single currency protects Europe." He was subsequently heckled by some who deemed it "rubbish".

He accused Ukip leader Nigel Farage, a staunch opponent of the appointment, of "secretly" voting for the former leader of Luxembourg.

Mr Juncker addressed him (in French): "I'm led to believe that your Parliament will vote by a secret ballot. And I understand that, because Mr Farage wouldn't want his voters to discover he voted for me".

Juncker appointment a 'good sign for Europe's actions'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pictured with the new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

The appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president is a "very good sign" for Europe's ability to act, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, after a meeting with leaders of south east European countries in Croatia.

Ms Merkel added: "I would like to congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker on his election as EU president with a clear result in the first round of voting [...] It will inspire us to resume the work with the European commission."

Watch: Juncker: I will negotiate a fair deal with Britain

Juncker: I will negotiate a fair deal with Britain

Jean-Claude Juncker denied being a federalist after being elected as European Commission President.

Mr Juncker told ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen that he did not want a "United States of Europe". He added: "I will negotiate with David Cameron and others, and will make a fair deal with him".

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Hammond: I will not 'threaten' other EU members

New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has insisted he will not be "threatening" other EU states as the UK seeks to renegotiate its position in the bloc.

Mr Hammond is seen as a more eurosceptic voice than his predecessor, William Hague.

"I'm going to focus on making sure that we have a successful renegotiation with our European partners," he said.

"I don't think the way to enter a negotiation is to start issuing threats."

Nigel Farage: Juncker is 'ultimate Brussels insider'

Nigel Farage has called incoming European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker the ultimate Brussels insider'.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has tweeted during a meeting with the European Parliament:

Juncker calls for minimum wage across EU

Designated European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Credit: Reuters

Jean-Claude Juncker has said he would work towards the introduction of a minimum social wage in each member state of the European Union.

The Designated European Commission President has been addressing European Parliament before a vote on his nomination to replace Jose Manuel Barroso as head of the European Commission.

Juncker previously said he favours each EU country setting a minimum wage as a proportion of its own median income, which varies enormously between Luxenbourg at the top and Romania and Bulgaria at the bottom.

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