How Jeleva was forced out

Simon Taylor assesses the events that led to the eventual withdrawal of Rumiana Jeleva from the list of candidates for the next European Commission.

Rumiana Jeleva looked vulnerable even before her hearing before the European Parliament’s development committee on 12 January. The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and Liberal groups had expressed concern about her lack of experience – she had been Bulgaria’s foreign minister only since July 2009 – and about allegations about her husband’s business dealings. 

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