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To the contrary, it is an unwritten rule that the president of the Commission and the civil service's secretary general cannot be from the same country. So if von der Leyen's appointment is confirmed, Selmayr is out.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 08:21:05 PM EST
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Unwritten rule or not, I suspect von der Leyen will get whoever see wants for the job. An unwritten rule is a rule only until its not. Ask the British...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 11:32:45 PM EST
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She won't want Selmayr, who was close to the Lixeburgish Commissioner Viviane Reding. Von der Leyen is also said to usually dismiss all the top-level appointees when she comes into a new job, to replace them with people she trusts.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 06:55:07 AM EST
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That would indeed change the situation. I wonder who she trusts?

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 09:46:44 AM EST
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STRASBOURG -- European Commission Secretary-General Martin Selmayr said he will leave his post "at the end of next week" to quell concerns about a German-dominated EU executive.


Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 04:29:17 PM EST
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There's been opposition to Selmayr since his appointment, none of it has winkled him out. And the nice thing about unwritten rules is they can be handily redefined.

We'll see.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 06:16:17 AM EST
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I think the manner of his appointment caused some principled opposition. I don't know how much was personal. If von der Leyen brings in her own people "who she trusts" they are also likely to be German given she has only worked for the German Government in recent years. Another job will be found for Selmayr. Brexit negotiator?

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 12:09:14 PM EST
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The manner was rightly criticised. Selmayr has also been considered personally as Machiavellian, manipulative, etc (how rightly I don't know).

As late as seven months ago, Parliament voted 71% for a resolution calling for his resignation.

Brexit negotiator? That's an idea...

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 01:08:55 PM EST
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Duly noted: The Martin Selmayr Scandal Dec 2018

Selmayr's work has included publishing July 2018

Selmayr also proved to be sympathetic April 2017

Selmayr tweeted yesterday night June 2015
ECB and IMF "characteristics"

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by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 01:40:00 PM EST
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Believe it or not, EC description of Commission Secretary General title
a job which "requires not only special experience with regard to the functioning of the Commission, its working methods, its decision-making process and its inter-institutional role, but also a particular level of trust that the President can place in the Secretary-General" and that there is "only a handful of people at most who fulfil these special requirements."
bears striking resemblance to position of *Senior Advisor (formally added 1993 to executive cabinet), fulfillment of and compensation for which US Congress enjoys no statutory and regulatory authorities. Too the dismay of some. Recently.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 02:09:44 PM EST
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useless Hatch Act
Kellyanne Conway

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 02:13:18 PM EST
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Aix-en-Provence

Lagarde 'uniquely qualified' to head ECB: Coeure

"She knows how the global economy works. She knows how Europe works. And she knows how to talk to financial markets," [Benoit Coeure, ECB board member] added.
[...]
Coeure, whose term at the ECB ends at the end of the year, told BFM Business television that he was not a candidate to replace Lagarde at the IMF.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2019 at 10:32:37 PM EST
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