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It looks like VDL has been looking for a Commission job for quite some time, but might only have been expecting the German Commissioner or Foreign and Security chief roles. Macron and Visegrád support seems to have been pivotal in her election - helped by her Atlanticist and anti-Putin views. Given the SPD failed to support her, her EP victory by a narrow margin is hardly surprising.

Her recent support for a further Brexit extension might put her at odds with Macron though. Boris shows every sign of fluttering away what little time is left before end-October... Tusk's admonition not to waste the current extension shows every sign of being ignored. It will be ironic if the UK ends up being kicked out despite wanting a further extension. Only an imminent general election would be sufficient reason for Macron, I suspect.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 02:46:57 PM EST
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As I've written before, the EU's decisions regarding Brexit often end up with some sort of compromise (and kicking the can down the road). It's not always about what Macron wants.
by Bernard on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 05:18:24 PM EST
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An A.50 extension requires unanimity - any one head of Government can block it, and Macron was the most reluctant to go along with the majority last time.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 06:47:17 PM EST
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At least that was his public position. Who really knows. They already demanded last time that the UK give a good reason to get more time and May just wrote a letter that they'll have to vote a few more times on her deal. And the last prolongation lead to Schrödinger's parliament with a Brexit and non-Brexit state overlapping. I suppose at some point there will be an accident but I really don't believe the EU will push the UK out.
by generic on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 07:35:59 PM EST
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