King will have to face a grueling hearing before MEPs.
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The EU Tuesday named top British diplomat Julian King to the new post of security commissioner tasked with fighting terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime as London prepares to quit the 28-nation bloc.European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said King, currently Britain's ambassador to France, takes office as Europe faces up to a series of deadly terror attacks, most recently in France and Germany.Juncker late Monday informed Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May of his choice. May replaced David Cameron who resigned following the shock June 23 vote for Britain to leave the EU.Crucially, King worked at the European Commission in 2008 and 2009 where he was chief of staff to Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and later to foreign affairs supremo Catherine Ashton, both British officials.
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