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The latest European Parliament elections are now taken into account by leaders when appointing the President of the European Commission, hence in 2004 the Commission President came from the European People's Party, who were the largest party following the elections.

If I remember correctly (and I think I do) the movements (up and down) were minimal. If the Council nominates based on the elections and they pick the winner based on largest party group, this will in effect serve to push the party groups into more mergers. The biggest one wins, remember. Thus in the long run we are looking at a two party system where the main price is the Commission presidency.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 04:20:43 PM EST
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Not necessarily. The Parliament approves the choice by a majority vote. This means you can have the case where the second and third parties decide to force the issue and oppose yet another candidate from the largest party. In national politics also (at least formally, on paper) the head of state proposes a candidate for head of government taking into account the result of the elections. This doesn't lead to two-party politics but it does seem to lead to two-bloc politics.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 04:26:51 PM EST
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I add that the EP also votes on the entire Commission.

However, I would prefer if the Council wouldn't be the one nominating, but of course the largest EP party itself, and the Coulcil would come in later voting on approval after the EP did approve.

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by DoDo on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 05:23:26 AM EST
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