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OK so its German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen who has been nominated by EU leaders to head up the European Commission. Belgian prime minister Charles Michel has been put forward to lead the European Council, Christine Lagarde of France has been proposed as president of the European Central Bank and veteran Spanish socialist Josep Borrell has been nominated as foreign policy chief.

So much for the front runners and Spitzenkandidaten, Weber, Timmermans, Vesteger and Barnier. I wonder will the EP be cool with that? Also Eastern Europe didn't get a look in while the spoils were divided between Germany, France, Benelux and Spain. Apparently former Bulgarian PM, Sergei Stanishev, is to be nominated for the President of the EP and Timmermans and Vestiger will get VP of the Commission, a largely honorific title.

So the three main EP groups get to divide the spoils, with the Greens and all other groups frozen out. Hardly surprising with the three main groups having an overall majority and the Greens having no prime minister. All hard right and Eurosceptic parties have been frozen out, as is to be expected, but the EP will be divided into Government and opposition parties more than ever before.

Two women in the top jobs is an advance and the average age will come down. Merkel can retire and Bojo will have new people to talk to. I wonder will it mean any changes to EU Brexit policies. I somehow doubt it.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 06:02:22 PM EST

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