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I can understand why people here have reservations about Merkel as Commission President, to put it mildly. But is there any better candidate with a realistic chance of success, given that the EPP have a plurality of MEPs and leaders of governments?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 12:01:19 AM EST
Don Brussel Memo 5 Dec 208
"Lagarde could also win the consolation prize of replacing Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank." Not a likely pair acceptable to The Merkel. Either EC or ECB..

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 01:30:50 AM EST
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The article is quite dated,but not much seems to have changed, with the same names still appearing in the "informed" speculation...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 09:37:27 AM EST
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of course

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 04:06:23 PM EST
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Seems like the Americans have a surplus of candidates, maybe we could pick one of them?


by generic on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 06:37:46 AM EST
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Who needs swine flu vaccines, when you have God's love pouring into our immune systems... but has it been updated for 2019 virus variants?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 09:40:53 AM EST
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I hear God's love is eternal and unchanging so that might pose a small problem.
by generic on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 09:45:58 AM EST
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God's love in practice
Providentially. That is the word. For the fly had not been left behind by accident. No, the hand of Providence was in it. There are no accidents. All things that happen, happen for a purpose. They are foreseen from the beginning of time, they are ordained from the beginning of time. From the dawn of Creation the Lord had foreseen that Noah, being alarmed and confused by the invasion of the prodigious brevet fossils, would prematurely fly to sea unprovided with a certain invaluable disease. He would have all the other diseases, and could distribute them among the new races of men as they appeared in the world, but he would lack one of the very best -- typhoid fever; a malady which, when the circumstances are especially favorable, is able to utterly wreck a patient without killing him; for it can restore him to his feet with a long life in him, and yet deaf, dumb, blind, crippled, and idiotic. The housefly is its main disseminator, and is more competent and more calamitously effective than all the other distributors of the dreaded scourge put together. And so, by foreordination from the beginning of time, this fly was left behind to seek out a typhoid corpse and feed upon its corruptions and gaum its legs with germs and transmit them to the re-peopled world for permanent business. From that one housefly, in the ages that have since elapsed, billions of sickbeds have been stocked, billions of wrecked bodies sent tottering about the earth, and billions of cemeteries recruited with the dead.
(Mark Twain, of course)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 10:57:32 AM EST
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Thank Lagarde!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 04:25:28 PM EST
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As I commented to my eldest after the debate, "I think Williamson mixed Valvoline with whatever ditchweed she was smoking."
by rifek on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 03:52:08 AM EST
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Barnier is EPP.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 08:05:11 AM EST
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Varadker formally endorsed Weber as the EPP candidate, but I suspect would be much happier with Barnier, should he become a viable candidate. On the downside, presumably Jens Weidmann would then get the ECB to balance a Frenchman at the helm of the Commission. What is the objection to Tusk remaining as Council President - lack of Polish government support? Or indeed Draghi at the ECB?  Apparently, Italy may nominate him for President of the Commission. Perhaps just a tactical move to increase negotiating leverage elsewhere? at 71 he's not exactly "next generation"

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 09:31:15 AM EST
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 of course

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 04:06:03 PM EST
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... and French.
by Bernard on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 06:20:28 PM EST
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