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by Fran on Mon Apr 27th, 2009 at 02:10:50 PM EST
What makes a good MEP? (38 days left to the Euroelections June 2009) «

Good negotiating skills, clear values and language skills are just three attributes required to be an effective MEP according to some Members we spoke to recently. They also stressed the need to have a good overview of the state of Europe and be able to listen to other points of view. Given very differing political cultures and approaches to politics across the 27 EU states we asked a random selection of Members from all corners of Europe what they think makes a good MEP.

Young Spanish Member, Daniel Bautista, of the centre right EPP-ED group believes Members "should have very good knowledge of not just the workings of the European Institutions but also a good overview of the state of Europe, politically and culturally." He also went on to stress "the importance of having an open character and being able to negotiate with MEPs from other countries and political groups", and "the ability to speak at least one foreign language".

by Fran on Mon Apr 27th, 2009 at 02:18:40 PM EST
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Why have the Socialists come out in support of Barroso? And I'm confused: this article in Eurointelligence names Schulz as the head of the Socialists, but I thought that leadership in PES belonged to the former Danish PM?

Could some clarify, and give me the backstory?

http://www.eurointelligence.com/article.581+M59ca43f0711.0.html

by glacierpeaks (glacierpeaks@comcast.net) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 04:37:42 AM EST
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I suspect a backroom deal to give the PES the EP presidency... Otherwise it is unexplainable...

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 04:53:21 AM EST
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The EP Presidency is traditionally divided between the Socialists and the Conservatives. I'm guessing that this will continue to be the case. There could also be a backroom deal to get some more PES Commissioners. At any rate, given the support of Brown, Zapatero and Socrates for Barroso, it's a fait accompli.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 05:33:44 AM EST
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nanne:
The EP Presidency is traditionally divided between the Socialists and the Conservatives. I'm guessing that this will continue to be the case.
We should have a bet on this. I say it won't be divided this time around.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 06:00:02 AM EST
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I'll take you up on that. What do we bet?
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 06:07:08 AM EST
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A dinner?

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 06:35:40 AM EST
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Good, the bet is on :-)
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 06:51:41 AM EST
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Schulz is the Chairman of the PES parliamentary group in the European Parliament. Rasmussen (Poul Nyrup, not to be confused with Anders Fogh) is the President of the PES political party.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 04:55:39 AM EST
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That's interesting, as just a month ago I thought Nyrup was taking a stand against Barroso. Perhaps that was just manuevering...
by glacierpeaks (glacierpeaks@comcast.net) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 05:34:52 AM EST
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Nyrup was vying for a lot of thing and then the PES decided they like Barroso after all...

Nyrup also sees the Liberals as a greater threat than the Christian Democrats, to judge by the recent exchange of open letters.

So, ELDR and PES are competing for the social-liberal space and not contesting the EPP's place as the largest political party.

If suits the PES to shut out the ELDR's Graham Watson from the EP presidency through a backroom deal.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 05:45:56 AM EST
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Schulz is of course the one who would get to be EP President.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 05:35:51 AM EST
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It all falls into place.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 05:38:28 AM EST
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