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Also a final note: It really doesn't matter what foreign heads of state think about the selected one. After all the position comes with neither divisions nor even a sizeable budget.
And yes, for Merkel the top EU job will be a step down, without divisions or a large budget. All the more reason to work for a larger budget and a greater role for the EU - something only she, probably could achieve.
And I also think that her style, as you describe it, is probably more suited to the EU gig as she will not be able to move far ahead of the EU Council consensus, even if she wanted to. What did Juncker do? Not a whole lot except keep the show on the road while Brexit and Trump challenged.
Index of Frank's Diaries
"Ich bin vor dreißig Jahren nicht der CDU beigetreten, damit heute 1,8 Millionen Araber nach Deutschland kommen", ruft er in den Saal und wird dafür bejubelt. Er spricht von Menschen, die weder fähig noch gewillt seien, sich zu integrieren.
Former Secret police chief "did not join the CDU 30 years ago so 1.8 million arabs can come to Germany.
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 18 33 comments
by Luis de Sousa - Sep 13 30 comments
by ARGeezer - Sep 7 43 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 8 70 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 4 18 comments
by Bernard - Aug 27 5 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 30 14 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 1833 comments
by Luis de Sousa - Sep 1330 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 870 comments
by ARGeezer - Sep 743 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 418 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 3014 comments
by Bernard - Aug 275 comments
by gmoke - Aug 27