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EU's Juncker defends vision in leadership row

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday staunchly defended his federalist vision for how top EU officials should be chosen in Europe, risking a row with France's Emmanuel Macron. The race to succeed Juncker as head of the first post-Brexit European Commission begins later this month -- with deep divisions on the process for picking his successor. Juncker was picked after European elections in 2014 by a controversial "Spitzenkandidat" system -- German for "lead candidate" -- under which the political group with the most votes gets to nominate its candidate for the job.
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