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If the EPP want to hold onto the top job, they will have to come up with a candidate with wider support than Weber. Barnier might fit the bill, but so would Merkel....just saying... :-)

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jul 1st, 2019 at 09:44:46 AM EST
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What is the goal?
Price stability for EU business.

What is the problem?
The composition of 2019-2024 EP legislative interests poses a problematic foundation for popular endorsements of Council prerogatives. This is not merely an account of political party diversity or majoritarian formula of authority. Rather, MEPs are asserting latent authority to contest Council "elections". Ex post facto "advice and consent" relations of the body to executive "elections" gradually have reveal limitations of EP representations in the Council itself.

Moreover, real and imaginary interstate antagonism supercede political group loyalties. So-called neoliberal benefit claims, shared by EPP, ALDE, and S&D group members, is context sensitive with respect to practice. An EPP-controlled Council historically contains interstate competition by subletting EU offices to reliable neoliberal individuals, inter alia, in order to reserve for themselves discrete, national authority to bribe parliamentary factions' cooperation. Council appointments of the two most powerful offices in EU gov (EC, ECB) from one member state have not resolved and will not resolve interstate competition.  

That solution would not hold EU27 either politically or superficially. Monopolistic conditions contradict "cohesion" development of EU gov policy and, more significant perhaps, will exacerbate extant interstate "subsidarity" conflicts. It confirms perceptions of systematic, "anti-democratic" barriers to electoral integration within all divisions of European government.

The Council has discarded that solution each of the prior sessions, because "neoliberal" members control its proceedings in any case. It will do so again irrespective of EP veto and censure powers. For these are untested and unlikely to be exercised so long as the Council's selections satisfy minimum criteria of competence (above).


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2019 at 02:36:28 PM EST
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hmm, yes, well, synopses of current events: euractiv published two provocative reports collecting responses to Council fiat appointments, "back-room" is the euphemism for the week. (I truly can't be bothered with Anglo-merican syndicated propaganda about EU gov political competition.)

MEPs furious over Council's `backroom horse-trade' on EU top jobs

Position statements "on the record" seem to illustrate diverse, low-profile sources within (1) EP groups and (2) states' bureaucracies. For that I commend euractiv journalists.

Member states eye EU Commission portfolios

Quite notwithstanding the Council public defense of EU gov hierarchy (quoting Tusk. uh oh), elected officials in both cohorts are intent on ahhh disintermediating the Council's ahhh aristotlian calculus of the ahhh mean, 2019-2024. Methods adopted by those cohorts to accomplish this common goal will exploit formal ("consent" vote) and residual authorities over issue-oriented goals by ahh "back-room" delegations.

practice, practice, practice

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 03:02:17 PM EST
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L'hypothèse Sarkozy refait surface chez Les Républicains
Il faut dire que l'homme politique reste le second homme politique le plus populaire de France, avec 38 % d'opinions positives, derrière Nicolas Hulot (50 %).

the undead

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2019 at 04:00:25 PM EST
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