SPIEGEL: Europe is in a state of crisis. Turnout for the last election for the European Parliament was less than 50 percent. Why should people give you their votes?
Schulz: Election turnout will increase. The competition between Juncker and myself will help to ensure that. With the European Parliament in the past, voters had to cast ballots for an anonymous institution. Now, for the first time, it involves people. Personalization is the icing on the cake of democracy.
Juncker: It is true that Europe is currently in need of clarification and that EU detractors on both the left and the right are on the advance. People have to vote in order to prevent their breakthrough. It is great that Schulz and I are being supported as the main candidates for the largest parties in parliament in both the northern and southern part of the Continent. That is symbolic of European unity.
What do I particularly dislike about Juncker? In addition to his inept mismanagement of the European financial crisis, which might have been much shorter and shallower without the meddling in by Juncker and the likes, he tacitly supports Schulz and his ignorant remark about the “icing of democracy.”
In other words, it does not matter at all who of the two would chair the EC. Perhaps Schulz is more of the old-left-style politician, which means not much should be left to people after taxation. Yet it doesn't make Juncker one inch more attractive. If you supported any of the two, you'd take part in a mock election. Not the genuine thing. Next time, try to have sex with a rubber doll.
And, yes, one more thing to ask: I've never noticed any signs of a primary ballot throughout the EU. Who did appoint the two candidates? Definitely not the voters.
Source of the interview: Der Spiegel