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Team Juncker put to party politics test

Still, the president-elect's nominees are expected to survive EU power struggle

Paris

PARTY politics seems set to trump concerns about the competence and suitability of several candidates for the European Commission when lawmakers pass judgment on Jean-Claude Juncker's most controversial nominees this week.

The European Parliament has flexed its muscles by recalling Britain's Jonathan Hill for a second hearing on Tuesday on his fitness to be in charge of banking and financial services.

The French, Hungarian and Czech aspirants are being forced to take written re-sits. Parliament's lawyers are scrutinising the financial statements of Spain's nominee for the energy and climate change portfolio, Miguel Arias Canete, who is also under fire over his family's oil industry ties. And...

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