The European Parliamentary elections are an interesting exercise in the democratic expression of more than half a billion people across Europe. From the chilly Nordic nations in the north to the sunnier Mediterranean nations in the south, people cast their vote in order to determine the composition of the European Parliament. But more than that, their vote helps to determine the composition of the EU’s leadership, namely the heads of the European Commission, European Council, European Parliament and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs. This time around, the European Central Bank’s top post was also up for grabs.
Matthew Bugeja, writes on MaltaToday, that there was a problem, however. Whilst some EU leaders, the European Parliament, and top prospects for EU jobs preferred the Spitzenkandidat (or preferred candidate system, in this case, the candidates for the leading EU political parties), a number of powerful EU leaders opposed either the system, certain candidates, or both. This led to a clash between the European Council and the European Parliament over who would get which jobs.
To make a long story short, the Council seems to have won out on this occasion, nominating four individuals for top posts – and the most interesting part of this all is that none of these prospective EU leaders were really expected to make the leap to these prestigious, and demanding positions. The decision came completely out of the blue for EU observers, and in this case, that is not necessarily a bad thing.
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