The European Parliament will vote next week on whether Jean-Claude Juncker should resign as European Commission president, following revelations that Luxembourg facilitated large-scale tax avoidance when he was prime minister.
The move came after 76 populist MEPs, led by Britain’s anti-EU UK Independence party and France’s rightwing National Front, signed a “motion of censure”, which forces a parliamentary vote on the commission’s resignation.
“President Juncker, in his political life, has always acted to enrich his country behind its European partners, in defiance of the union and the community spirit he hopes to represent,” said Marco Zanni, an MEP from Italy’s populist Five Star Movement.
The motion, which requires a two-thirds majority to pass, is unlikely to succeed. The parliament’s two biggest blocs – Mr Juncker’s center-right Christian Democrat group, the biggest in the assembly, and the center-left Socialists – are standing behind the commission president.
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