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Jacques Santer

Former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jacques Santer came to the presidency of the European Commission (1995-1999) as a compromise choice. He was selected for a five-year term by the European Council. Santer was drafted after Major had vetoed the selection of Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, whose candidacy had been advanced by France and Germany.

After a row of corruption problems, he resigned, and with him all the members of the Commission, in 1999.

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