via Politico – “European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier opened the new political year vocally discussing Europe’s future — possibly hinting at his own next career step.
“Now is not the time for defeatism,” the 67-year-old French politician tweeted Saturday. “Instead we need collective action in defense of our values, and a more robust and decisive EU.”
The former French minister, European commissioner, and national and European parliamentarian, who has been center stage throughout the 18 months of Brexit negotiations with London, published an opinion piece outlining his priorities for the bloc in 2019.
The English-language article comes days after Barnier discussed his vision for Europe in a piece for Le Monde.
While German conservative Manfred Weber is the candidate for European Commission president of Barnier’s European People’s Party, the French politician’s persistent speechmaking and tweeting on European topics have done nothing to quash rumors that he is interested in another EU top job after Brexit negotiations conclude.
Barnier finished second to Jean-Claude Juncker in the EPP primary for Commission president in 2014.