European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker unveils the list of the new European commissioners during a press conference on September 10, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. (Dursun Aydemir - Anadolu Agency)
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The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team Wednesday that handed key economic responsibilities to French and British commissioners, in a new-look hierarchy.Naming Britain's Jonathan Hill to a brief including banks and the integration of EU capital markets was widely seen as a gesture to British Prime Minister David Cameron, a vocal critic of Juncker and his support for a powerful Brussels that Cameron says could push Britons to vote to quit the European Union.In a mark of the balance among the competing interests of the 28 EU member states that Juncker is obliged to respect, both the economy and finance portfolios will be overseen by two vice presidents on Juncker's Commission.Juncker, a former prime minister of Luxembourg, whose appointment by EU leaders in June was fiercely opposed by Cameron, said his goal was to provide the European Union's half a billion people with better prospects after tough years of unemployment and stagnation that fueled a surge in support for anti-EU parties in May's election to the European Parliament.
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