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Forgot the other reasons: Does Merkel really have a history of building consensus around policy positions? Her Modus Operandi used to be to not have policy positions until there was a consensus position, which she then appropriated as always having been her position.
From the other direction Merkel floated over Europe's political system as a sort of unreachable authority. Everyone from the Greeks to May tried to appeal directly to her without ever achieving anything. I can't even imagine what Merkel would be without her dead grip over the German political system.
by generic on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 11:54:07 AM EST
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All valid points, but the CDU won't get to decide who the next President of the Commission is: Merkel, Macron et al will. For the CDU there is the consolation prize that "one of their own" got the top EU job thereby vacating the Chancellorship early and enabling them to fill that job with someone more to their tastes...

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.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 02:02:42 PM EST
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Quatremer is complaining "there are too many Germans already" in the EU's upper echelons of power: Klaus Welle, Martin Selmayr, Helga Schmid...
by Bernard on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 06:29:40 PM EST
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