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European Parliament chooses otherwise (Independent) :

The European Parliament has elected Italian socialist MEP David Sassoli as its new president.

Mr Sassoli, an MEP from the Democratic Party, replaces outgoing conservative president Antonio Tajani in the EU legislature's top role.

A former journalist, the centre-left candidate won 345 votes in the second round of voting, ahead of right-winger Jan Zahradil who won 160 votes and Green Ska Keller who netted 119.

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 01:27:52 PM EST
So whatever happened to Bulgarian ex-PM, Sergei Stanishev -reputedly the Council pick for the job? If the Council has so little control over what their EP party colleagues do, the confirmation of Ursula von der Leyen  (and, indeed their picks for all the other commissioners) is anything but a done deal.

It would be a very interesting development if the EP decided to flex their muscles and refuse to support Ursula von der Leyen's nomination. There would be much talk of "a constitutional crisis" but in reality they would be within their rights to do so and for many it would be a suitable riposte for the Council ignoring all their Spitzenkandidaten.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 08:59:09 AM EST
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