Friday, 18 October, 2019

European Council appoints new leaders: Who are they? Quick facts

Donald Tusk chairs the summit which started in the form of a dinner Donald Tusk chairs the summit which started in the form of a dinner
Russell Knight | 03 July, 2019, 04:45

Prime among them is the post of president of the EU's powerful executive arm, the European Commission, now held by Jean-Claude Juncker, and the president of the European Council, where incumbent Mr. Tusk chairs summits and helps set the EU's political agenda.

However, Pellegrini noted that it will be up to new European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen to appoint members of the Commission.

After three days of manic negotiations in Brussels, EU leaders concluded their top jobs package, which also sees the first woman nominated as European Commission president.

The paper noted that other candidates for European Council President included Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel and Slovakia's Maros Sefcovic for the role of EU foreign policy head.

The EU leaders also named Belgian premier Charles Michel to be EU council president, and chose Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell to head the EU's foreign affairs service.

"A European army is a vision that might become a reality in generations to come", she said past year. "I think that it was worth waiting for such an outcome", he added.

They are the new faces of the European Union.

The Brexit Party's John Longworth, Member of the European Parliament and one of the 751 MEPs who will soon be voting on whether to accept the candidate told Breitbart London of the selection: "Why should someone no one ever heard of, with few significant achievements be appointed in charge of the European Commission, an unelected organisation with the sole right to initiate EU law".

While those nations may treat von der Leyen as a small victory, she is still to the left of even Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and appears to be a believer in the European federalisation project. "If elected, she will be the first woman to lead the European Commission".

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This saved her from the fate suffered by Timmermans, who was floated by France and Germany but eventually dumped after a marathon 18-hour negotiating session that began on Sunday evening broke up without agreement on Monday.

The EPP has dominated the EU's institutions and stood as the biggest group in parliament over the last five years, but its star is waning and party leaders are still reluctant to relinquish power, despite the election failure.

Her second selection, Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans, who emerged from a backroom stitch up with Emmanuel Macron and Donald Tusk at the G20 summit in Japan, was also thrown out.

She has been seen by some as a natural successor to Angela Merkel. Before becoming the head of the International Monetary Fund, she was finance minister of France.

If 63-year-old Lagarde becomes the next European Central Bank president, she would be the first person in the post not to be a professional economist.

Once the 28 EU leaders make a final decision on the candidates for the top jobs, these must be approved by the European Parliament.

Protracted wrangling to dish out the EU's top jobs is not new: in 2014 it took three summits to fill the posts.

The development angered French President Emmanuel Macron who said Europe's indecision was hurting its image overseas.

The centre-right EPP and centre-left socialist group, the dominant forces in European Union politics for years, lost their combined majority in the assembly.

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