Accusations are flying over the death of the “lead candidate” system for choosing the president of the European Commission, the EU’s most powerful job. It’s a crime story that’s also a political drama — played out over multiple summits including a day-and-night marathon earlier this week — about how the European Union should be governed.
Making the case particularly fiendish: Some confessions may not be all they seem and some of the most indignant accusers are also prime suspects.
Manfred Weber, the German center-right candidate, has pointed the finger at an unholy alliance of French President Emmanuel Macron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
French officials and others suggest Weber look closer to home — at himself and his European People’s Party (EPP).
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