Archive - June 2014

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Trading Influence : a Union for a President
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The next EU Commission President, according to social media

Trading Influence : a Union for a President

In Shakespeare’s play King Richard III offered his Kingdom for a horse. In a similarly astounding manner the European Parliament seems to be handing control of the EU’s political agenda to the Council in exchange for having its candidate appointed as Commission President. Some see this as an astute way of increasing its power over the Commission. In this thinking, the Commission President will be more willing to bend towards positions taken by the EP if he or she has to thank his appointment to the EP. David Cameron seems to share this view. It has convinced him that accepting the EP’s candidate weakens the EU member states in the European Council. However, the opposite may be true. Before the Lisbon Treaty came into force the Council appointed the president of the Commission but he or she then had to be “approved” by the European Parliament. The parliament did so[...]

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The next EU Commission President, according to social media

Ketchum, in collaboration with Traackr, has been closely following the 2014 EU Change-Over as it is playing out on social media by tracking and analysing the main influencers in the surrounding discussions. Now that the new European Parliament has been elected, most of the attention and speculation has turned towards the next Commission President. Social media commenters are posting up a storm about who is going to take the top job. Though suggestions of Kaitanen, Lamy and Kenny as potential candidates are being raised, none of them are considered to be serious contenders. On social media, the race is down to Jean-Paul Juncker and Christine Lagarde. Among the English posts Juncker is trending, something he has been able to do throughout the elections. Even though Lagarde has a lot less mentions than her competition, the conversation about her is predominantly positive and she is gaining momentum. Lagarde is viewed as[...]

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