Archive - June 17, 2014

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Trading Influence : a Union for a President

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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