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In today's renewed discussions, Macron/Tusk proposed, and Merkel is supposed to be in agreement, Ursula von der Leyen for Commission president, with Lagarde at the BCE.

Bye Bye Timmermans.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 02:57:04 PM EST
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But did they consult the EPP in parliament and Council this time around?

If they end up not Weber, but a different German EPP politician, then the relationship between the EPP in parliament and Council will be interesting. The obvious question would be why they didn't nominate Ursula von der Leyen as Spitzenkandidaten to begin with.

by fjallstrom on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 04:01:28 PM EST
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Presumably because Weber is leader of the EPP in the EP and Ursula isn't even an MEP. But the thing is, she doesn't even seem to be a particularly distinguished Defence Minister, so why has she appeared from left field when there are other EPP politicians, like Barnier, with so much more European experience.

I suspect a lot of countries don't want Weidman at the ECB, and appointing a German to Head the commission will prevent that, although conceding the President of the Commission is a high price to pay for blocking Weber. It looks like Merkel is serious about wanting to retire, so who else is there? Peter Altmaier? He's not even a woman...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 04:49:04 PM EST
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The only thing I remember her for is that she was widely derided for her internet censorship proposals and this:

German opposition to probe defense minister over spending scandal | News | DW | 12.12.2018

Ursula von der Leyen is suspected of poor management and nepotism over her department's allocation of contracts and its decision to hire a consultant as her deputy. A parliamentary committee is set to investigate.
by generic on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 04:57:25 PM EST
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One of the more amusing situations she created was the following: German army used broomsticks instead of guns during training

And this person is supposed to lead the EU - incredible.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 06:37:57 PM EST
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Is she a Barroso?
A puppet, a tool of the Council, a means of sidelining the Commission entirely by making it powerless and laughable?

Seems likely to me.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 09:47:55 AM EST
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