How to lose friends in Europe

Despite opposition from the UK and Hungary, the European Council nominated Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission on 27 June. Eunice Goes writes on the attempt made by British Prime Minister David Cameron to block Juncker’s nomination. She argues that the strategy adopted Read More …

The European Union must have a closer link to national politics

National governments are still involved in negotiations over nominating a candidate for the next President of the European Commission. Anand Menon writes that while much of this debate has focused on the merits of individual candidates such as Jean-Claude Juncker, the real issue is a structural one Read More …

The European Council should not feel obliged to choose any of the leading candidates

This year’s European Parliament election has been noteworthy both for the rise of Euroscepticism and the introduction of leading candidates for European Commission president put forward by some of the European political parties. Anthony Salamone argues that the European Council should freely choose its own nominee for Read More …

Europe has spoken but it didn’t say Juncker

Event A: five political groups in the European Parliament put forward a leading candidate for the post of Commission president before the European elections. Event B: EU citizens vote in European elections without knowing these candidates and without knowing how their vote could influence the Read More …

Can An Economy Be Too Good?

How when you’re in a group, doing extremely well can be a problem. [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y46Sw1BUHPs[/embedyt] When we talk about European economy, we usually focus on the screw ups – the sunny South, with the big deficits. But the strangest report recently came out of Brussels—saying how Read More …

AEGEE-Europe calls for a transparent nomination of the President of the European Commission respecting the Lisbon Treaty

Even when the decreasing trend in participation was reversed, the results of these elections prove that the gap  between the European Union and its citizens is dangerously big. The decisions in the next months, especially who will be the next President of the European Commission, Read More …

Forget the Spitzenkandidaten, welcome to the bazaar

Campaign rhetoric had it that the proclamation of “Spitzenkandidaten”, front-runners for the position of President of the European Commission, would end the hitherto opaque process of selecting the EU’s top executive post. In light of the results, however, the scenario for the next weeks appears Read More …