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Cameron stands firm in opposition to EC hopeful

By Joe Churcher

David Cameron said he and other democratically-elected leaders should pick who gets top EU jobs as he arrived for talks with key counterparts amid continued efforts to block Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming president of the European Commission.

As he arrived for the talks in Sweden over the future direction of the EU, Mr Cameron said: "As the democratically-elected leaders of Europe, we should be the ones to choose who should run these institutions rather than accept some new process which was never agreed. I think that is important."

Labour also said it would not back the former Luxembourg Prime Minister in his bid to be named when Jose Manuel Barroso steps down in the autumn.

Mr Juncker is regarded in London as an arch-federalist and opponent of reform, whose appointment would make UK departure from the 28-nation bloc more likely.

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