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new leadership

2014-09-16

Over the past five years, European leadership was exceptionally weak, deliberately so  for the major member states. It did not work well. Crisis management depended too much on the German Chancellor alone, thus seriously upsetting the internal institutional balance. Apparently member states and the European Parlament have learnt their lessons to some extent. Instead of the very weak President of the European Council, the successor as President of the European Council will be Donald Tusk, forceful and succesful Prime Minister of Poland. The European Parliament imposed itself even on the European Council by electing Jean-Claude Juncker as their candidate for president of the European Commission. The British Government voted against this "old-fashioned federalist" and fortunately lost. Claude-Juncker, indeed, is a true European federalist, who understands that proper checks and balances must be restored within the European Union; for too long, the inefficient European Council acted as EU's collective Emperor and failed to take clear decisions. The composition and structure of the new European Commission contain a clear and hopeful message. Henceforward a well structured Commission is in a position to counterbalance the European Council and its domination by the German Chancellor for the benefit of a better European Union. New European Council President Tusk will understand, he is a true European himself and understands better than most, that Europe must be strong and united to cope with the resurgent threat of an aggressive Russia.


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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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