Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Battle for Brussels

Der Spiegel has the best account yet available on the battle that has broken out in Brussels over the selection of the next President; with Juncker throwing a hissy-fit and claiming 'It's mine! It's mine!", and an attempted stitch-up by the outgoing floor-leaders in advance of the new EP groupings being finalised. 

Against a background of insincerity, backstabbing, dirty tricks and open leaking to Juncker in real time of the negotiations of the Heads of Government we have both sides claiming the democratic moral high ground, neither with clean hands. Der Spiegel supports the EP as having democratic legitimacy, and therefore the right to make a new President - except the parliament hasn't met yet and the deal is being done by the dis-elected has-beens. Cameron and Merkel claim that the elected Heads of Government have greater democratic legitimacy, and the choice should be down to them, despite the role of Euro President never having featured in any party's manifesto. In the middle is Juncker, desperately selling himself, hungry for the hubris of office. We can only guess at the crooked promises he's making in return for support - and his history of corruption in office makes it virtually certain that this is what he's doing. 

It's an utter mess - and the Eurosceptics will be the only winners, making capital for years to come of the farce that is the Battle for Brussels.  

8 comments:

John M said...

It's almost enough to make you believe that supporting Tony Blair for the EU Presidency would be in the interests of cleaning the place up.

Bloke In Italy said...

I consider my self to have a robust sense of humour but some things one doesn't joke about.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, give it to the war criminal - a good move.

Yup, he says he doesn't want the job but you know he's lying, B...liar is rather good at it and who better to be El Presidente of the union of the damned but, the Lord of the lies?

The Other Bloke in Italy said...

John, My Dear Fellow, don't do that. As my esteemed colleague suggested, some things are too hard to stomach.

Bad enough having this callow, shallow Renzi on the stage ("My role models are Obama and Blair"), without invoking worse.

Elby the Beserk said...

Surely Sepp Blatter must be the next King of Europe?

G. Tingey said...

Actually, someone on the Torygraph (with a wicked sense of humour) has suggested a MUCH Better candidate than War Criminal Tony B Liar ...
Gordon Brown
Perfekt!

Raedwald said...

Aah Greg - Brown may have the requisite ox-like stupidity, purblindness, ideological lunacy, isolation from the voters and live in the mandatory away-with-the-fairies world of the political class, but he lacks one essential quality for EU President - the man is simply not corrupt in any financial way.

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