Potential President of the EU Commission Michel Barnier Met Top of New Austrian Government

PeoplePoliticians ♦ Published: June 11, 2019; 16:22 ♦ (Vindobona)

Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier was in Vienna to meet several members of the new government, including Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein and Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg. Officially, the Brexit negotiations were the focus of the talks, however, unofficially Barnier repeatedly shows interest as Jean-Claude Juncker's successor in the office of EU Commission President.

Will Michel Barnier become the next President of the European Commission? (In the picture with Federal Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein.) / Picture: © Bundeskanzleramt (BKA) / Andy Wenzel

Austrian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Alexander Schallenberg and Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein received Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator of the EU for the exit of Great Britain, one after the other.

Alexander Schallenberg and Barnier met for talks at the Vienna Foreign Ministry.

The official statement from the Foreign Ministry is as follows: "In one of his…