BRUSSELS, Oct 19: The EU faces a decisive week as incoming chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker seeks approval for his new team to start tackling the economic and foreign policy challenges that beset the continent.
With the eurozone on the verge of a new crisis, the risk of spillover from turmoil in the Middle East, and relations with Russia still tense over Ukraine, Europe is under pressure from all sides to act.
But Brussels is in limbo until Juncker's new European Commission replaces the outgoing team, led by Jose Manuel Barroso, as the executive arm for the bloc of 28 nations and 500 million people.
The European Parliament is due to vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday on Juncker's commission in its entirety. If it passes, Juncker's team can start its five-year mandate as planned on November 1. ?AFP