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Realised another thing as I read wikipedia:

Politics of the European Union - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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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