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EU leaders to pick Juncker as 28-nation bloc's new chief executive despite British opposition

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    Candidate for the European Commission presidency Jean-Claude Juncker, right, arrives for an European People's Party meeting in Kortrijk, Belgium on Thursday, June 26, 2014. European Union heads of state will gather on Thursday for the first day of an EU summit in the city Ypres and will participate in a ceremony to commemorate the outbreak of World War I under the Menin Gate. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 file photo, British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel participate in a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels. Many political battles are ugly - but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union’s next chief executive may have downright hideous consequences. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has set himself up for a stinging defeat as his vocal campaign to block the front-runner for the top EU job, former Luxembourg prime minister and longtime Brussels insider Jean-Claude Juncker, fails to gain traction. Many fear that an increasingly isolated Britain could even choose to leave the bloc that governs over 500 million people - something that has never happened in the EU’s history. (AP Photo/Yves Herman, Pool) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Friday, March 21, 2014 file photo, British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media at the end of an EU summit in Brussels. Many political battles are ugly - but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union’s next chief executive may have downright hideous consequences. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has set himself up for a stinging defeat as his vocal campaign to block the front-runner for the top EU job, former Luxembourg prime minister and longtime Brussels insider Jean-Claude Juncker, fails to gain traction. Many fear that an increasingly isolated Britain could even choose to leave the bloc that governs over 500 million people - something that has never happened in the EU’s history. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File) (The Associated Press)

European Union leaders are set to nominate former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the 28-nation bloc's new chief executive, despite strong British opposition.

The leaders on Friday are expected to choose Juncker by an overwhelming majority as the candidate they'll propose to the European Parliament.

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt says Juncker "is an experienced politician who has worked pragmatically for the European Union for many, many years."

British Prime Minister David Cameron is isolated in openly opposing Juncker's appointment as the head of the bloc's powerful executive arm. He views the 59-year-old as the embodiment of a pro-integration, consensus-favoring, empire-building Brussels clique that won't return power to member nations.