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Vestager joins EU Commission presidency race
The ALDE party will announce Vestager and former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt as the two leading figures of the liberal ticket during a campaign launch event in Brussels on Thursday (21 March).
Tomorrow. Are you ready to challenge possible Polish Proportional 'gerrymandering"?
Naming more than one candidate is not without precedent, as the Greens have also plumped two horses in the race - Germany's Ska Keller and the Netherlands' Bas Eickhout. Still, liberal eyebrows have been raised about the decision to name so many lead candidates.
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Under the Spitzenkandidat process, the largest political group after the election gets ["]the first bite["] at ["]naming["] the Commission president, although it is still unclear whether this method will be used again after it made its debut in 2014.
Candidates for Commission President 2019 (Spitzenkandidaten)
Who are the candidates, what are their strengths and weaknesses, and what are their chances of success? ...  With the European People's Party (EPP) likely to be the largest group in the European Parliament after the elections, the Commission President is most likely to come from that party.

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Election of the President of the European Commission, Understanding The Process

The Treaties now require the European Council to propose a candidate for Commission President, 'taking into account the elections to the European Parliament' and 'after having held the appropriate consultations'. Article 17(7) TEU further provides that the proposed candidate is then to be 'elected' by the European Parliament, by a majority of its component members (376 of 751 votes, or 353 of 705 post-Brexit).
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To the disappointment of many, the [voter] turnout in the 2014 elections did not increase but declined further --if only slightly-- from 43 % in 2009 to 42.6 %. The argument can  be, and has  been, made that, in the absence of the lead  candidates, the decline might have been even greater ... The degree to which the public was informed about ["]the process["] and aware of the lead candidates varied greatly, and the sheer novelty of ["]the process["] operated as a further impediment to sufficient voter mobilisation [whodat?], especially in combination  with  a  certain  'disbelief' whether --in  the  face  of  opposition from the European Council-- one of the candidates would indeed 'get the job'.

## Democracy is not well understood

archived practice, practice, practice
you have no jurisdiction over how the rest of us choose to use it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 20th, 2019 at 08:49:18 PM EST
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France targeting Commission presidency over top ECB job
The European Commission, which serves as the EU's executive and civil service, will appoint a new president for a five-year term after European Parliament elections take place in May ... Who gets the Commission presidency depends on which party comes out on top in European Parliament elections on 23-26 May, and negotiations between EU governments that follow.
< pick teeth, suck vigorously > Is Barnier running? Villeroy de Galhau? Benoît Coeuré? Are these persons even elected representatives?
The choice of Commission president could see a sharp conflict between national leaders and the European Parliament, which is keen to see them nominate one of the lead candidates in the EU elections - such as the center right's Manfred Weber, a German, or center left's Frans Timmermans, a Dutchman.

The role of parliament, which must endorse [?] any Commission president, risks complicating what has always been a complex power play among the member states and the pan-EU political movements to which national leaders belong.

Front door, back door, side door, chute: Sumbuddy needs to get the story straight.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 02:11:05 PM EST
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