06/27/2014 10:45 am ET Updated Jun 27, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker Elected President Of European Commission


BRUSSELS (AP) — A top official says European Union leaders have chosen former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the 28-nation bloc's new chief executive.

EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday in a Twitter message that leaders nominated Juncker as the next President of the European Commission, the bloc's powerful executive arm.

Juncker's nomination is breaking with a decades-old tradition of choosing the Commission president by consensus because Britain opposed him.

Juncker still needs to be confirmed by the European Parliament before starting his term later in the year, taking over from Jose Manuel Barroso.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said earlier Friday he would vote against Juncker because he views the 59-year-old as the embodiment of a pro-integration, consensus-favoring, empire-building Brussels clique that won't return power to member nations.