Merkel still believes Juncker should get EU top job: aide

BERLIN Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:26am EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint news conference at Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's summer residence in Harpsund, south of Stockholm June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Maja Suslin/TT News Agency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint news conference at Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's summer residence in Harpsund, south of Stockholm June 10, 2014.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has not altered her view that Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker should become president of the European Commission, a government spokesman said on Friday.

"The German chancellor has very clearly said, including in her recent speech to parliament, that she is in favor of Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next European Commission president and that she will work towards him getting a majority," Steffen Seibert said, adding that "nothing has changed" in this regard.

(Reporting by Stephen Brown and Michelle Martin)

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