The prospects for Juncker's pledge of a pan-European minimum wage


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Jean-Claude Juncker, the first elected president of the European Commission (EC), pledged to introduce a minimum social wage in every European Union (EU) member state during a speech before the European Parliament on July 15th, shortly before the assembly voted to appoint him to the EC leadership post. Juncker, the candidate of the conservative and centre-right European People’s Party, was attempting to woo support from centre-left Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) – he also pledged to protect European public services from what he called “the whims of the age” - and the tactic worked.