Re: So easy to protect, not
Günther Hermann Oettinger made his way democratically to the office of Ministerpraesident of Baden-Württemberg (second tier leader, equivalent to provincial governor). After falling out of favor golden handshake off to Brussels. See Wikipedia for interesting interpretation in a leaked US document.
Why Juncker nominated him for Digital Comissioner of all things is open to speculation. It could not have been for qualification. Probably suggested by Berlin who didn't want a loose cannon during TTIP negotiations.