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Not my opinion, sorry, but one of the explicit criteria used in the selection process: one of the two had to be a woman.

To list the non-competence related criteria:
explicit:

  • one man, one woman;
  • one left-wing, one right-wing;
  • the High Representative takes away the commissioner from its country of origin;
  • some geographic balance, considering that the EP president is from Poland and the Commission President from Portugal/Iberia;

implicit:
  • France and Germany did not want a Big Dick as president, and did not want to push names for either job;
  • the UK seemed to absolutely want one of the two jobs;
  • the small countries had a strong preference for the president to be one of them;
  • the EPP wanted the President (and thus the High Rep would have to be from the left);


In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 20th, 2009 at 09:40:19 AM EST
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