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.