Merkel’s Ally Pushes for Last-Minute Votes to Take Top EU Job
Jonathan Stearns, Bloomberg, 15.07.2019
Ursula von der Leyen's two-week dash to secure the most powerful policy-making job in the European Union may end with a photo finish. [...]
At least half of the 153 Socialist members will probably support von der Leyen, which would help her surpass the needed majority of 376 votes, according to officials from the faction who asked not to be identified. Von der Leyen's aides expect her to receive about 400 votes, according to a person familiar with their thinking.
"If you vote her down, what's the alternative?" said Janis Emmanouilidis, director of studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels.
Von der Leyen's candidacy has ruffled feathers in the parliament because she was not one of the official contenders who campaigned in May's EU elections and because Socialists in the assembly felt they got a raw deal from the back-room dealing that saw her nominated. If her appointment were to be shot down it would mean an unprecedented standoff between lawmakers and heads of government and plunge the bloc into an administrative crisis.
"It's almost too awful to contemplate and, for her detractors, potentially counterproductive were EU leaders to nominate someone even less palatable," Emmanouilidis said. [...]
Read full article here
Latest media contributions
EPC Update – COVID19 | Brexit | German elections | Western alliance & transatlantic relations
Online Briefing, YouTube, 01.10.2021
The German election results: next steps and potential implications
Online EPC Elections Monitor, YouTube, 28.09.2021
Conference Conversations – state and future of democracy
Interactive Online Talkshow, YouTube, 28.09.2021
„Ach, sieh mal an“, kommentierte Joe Biden die Hochrechnungen
Quotes, Die Welt, 27.09.2021
Brüssel drängt Berlin: Neue Koalition muss so schnell wie möglich stehen
Quotes, Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND), 27.09.2021
Europa nach Merkel
Interview, WDR 5 Europamagazin, 25.09.2021
Scholz, Laschet, Baerbock: koga želi EU?
Quotes, DW, 24.09.2021
EU: Berlin muss Herrschaft des Rechts durchsetzen helfen
Quotes, DW, 24.09.2021
Scholz, Laschet, Baerbock: Wen will die EU?
Quotes, DW, 23.09.2021
Merkel-Abschied öffnet Macht-Vakuum in Europa, erste Anwärter stehen schon bereit
Quotes, Focus, 17.09.2021