Picking a president


looking back

Two terms and ten years of Kaiser José as Commission president are ending and so the time has come to pick his successor.

So far this debate has yielded more heat than light, with some political factions manoeuvring to shoe-horn in their own man. (So far it’s only men.)

Normally Europe works because the rule of law beats the rule of war. It’s hypocritical of Europeans to berate others for not respecting the rule of law (e.g. Russia) if we don’t first do so ourselves.

In appointing a new Commission president, the first question that matters is not a vague ‘who is a winner? but rather more precisely ‘what are the rules for doing so?

So, to help ensure clarity, here are the direct links in all EU languages to the procedure in Article 17(7) of the Treaty on European Union and its supporting declaration. The EN text is also shown in-line.

What is not written down is only imagined in the minds of men, which – as history often shows – is not without its dangers.

Article 17(7) TEU (= binding) – scroll down to paragraph (7)

BG български | ES español | CS čeština | DA dansk | DE Deutsch | ET eesti keel | EL ελληνικά | EN English | FR français | IT italiano | LV latviešu valoda | LT lietuvių kalba | HU magyar | MT Malti | NL Nederlands | PL polski | PT português | RO română | SK slovenčina | SL slovenščina | FI suomi | SV svenska

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Declaration 11 (= additional guidance) – scroll down

BG български | ES español | CS čeština | DA dansk | DE Deutsch | ET eesti keel | EL ελληνικά | EN English | FR français | IT italiano | LV latviešu valoda | LT lietuvių kalba | HU magyar | MT Malti | NL Nederlands | PL polski | PT português | RO română | SK slovenčina | SL slovenščina | FI suomi | SV svenska

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