The 28 EU leaders show contempt for the European Elections results

 

Embrace between Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and Jean-Claude Juncker, former Luxembourgish Prime Minister and elected candidate of the EPP for the function of next President of the EC (in the foreground, from right to left). The embrace didn’t stop the German Chancellor from ‘trading’ her options. (EC Audiovisual Services, 27/05/2014).

Embrace between Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and Jean-Claude Juncker, former Luxembourgish Prime Minister and elected candidate of the EPP for the function of next President of the EC (in the foreground, from right to left). The embrace didn’t stop the German Chancellor from ‘trading’ her options. (EC Audiovisual Services, 27/05/2014).

Despite the fact that the European Elections sent a resounding message of disenchantment and distrust for the European institutions, the leaders of the member states of the Union, in their last Summit in Brussels earlier last week, practically refused to take seriously the communication of the citizens, who voted or abstained from the balloting. In reality, the 28 leaders did their best to further undermine the EU structures, by refusing to accept their statutory obligation arising from the EU Treaties and refused to straight away ask Jean- Claude Juncker to try securing a qualified majority in the Parliament and thus get elected as next President of the European Commission.

To be reminded that Jean-Claude Juncker was the candidate for next European Commission President supported by the European Peoples’ Party which won the first place in the European Elections. The occurrence that the EPP didn’t get an absolute majority in the elections is quite irrelevant. According to the EU Treaty’s provision, Juncker has the right of the first try in the Parliament and the leaders refused it. In fact, the Treaty of Lisbon doesn’t ‘suggest’, it clearly states the procedure to be followed in the election of the Commission President. Then why should the citizens care to vote, if their ballot means almost nothing?

Britain’s veto

The British PM David Cameron made the breach of the EU Treaty his banner and started a campaign against Juncker’s candidature. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel followed suit by appearing quite ready to ‘trade’ the European legality for something in return, in a makeshift alliance with the Eurosceptic English. The French President Francois Hollande was so much absorbed or even unbalanced by his unbelievable defeat in the elections, to the point that it could be doubted if he understood what happened during last week’s Summit. The French leader murmured something about less Europe, probably unwillingly siding with Cameron. In any case, Hollande doesn’t seem very sharp-witted lately, and in any case he never showed an extreme political adeptness.

The Treaty

The Treaty of Lisbon is quite clear on the procedure to be followed for the election of the next President of the European Commission. The Declaration Number 11 related to Art 17.6 and 17.7 Treaty of the European Union states that, “the European Parliament and European Council are jointly responsible for the smooth running of the process leading to the election of the President of the European Commission (…) Representatives of the European Parliament and of the Council will thus conduct the necessary consultations (…)”.

In view of that, the Presidents of the European Parliament political groups, representing 645 Members in the current legislature and at least 561 in the one which will start on 1st July, participated in the Conference of the Presidents of the House ahead of the Tuesday 27 May meeting of the 28 leaders. The Presidents issued a communication reminding the leaders that, “The candidate of the largest Group, Mr. Jean Claude Juncker, will be the first to attempt to form the required majority. On this basis, we invite the European Council, to start inter-institutional consultations in conformity with Declaration 11”.

The role of the Parliament

Obviously, a reply from the Council never was. Instead, Cameron and Merkel stated that there are a lot of people able to become European Commission presidents. In this way they downgraded not only Juncker and the Treaty of the Union, but also the top job of the EU and the EU itself. As if both of them wanted to justify those voters who have sent to the EU Parliament with their ballots a bunch of extremists, racists, fascists and harlequins.

The Conference of the Parliamentary group Presidents had dutifully informed the Council of the 28 leaders that it had authorized the representatives of the Parliament to the consultations for the election of the next Commission President. Their relevant passage of the Press release stated goes like this “…we invite the European Council, to start inter-institutional consultations in conformity with Declaration 11…The Conference of Presidents decided that Mr Daul (EPP) and Mr Swoboda (SD) would hand over the statement to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy today and inform him of the decisions of the Conference of Presidents as set out in the statement above.”

Evidently, the European Parliament Presidents acting according to the EU Treaty, proposed to the Council that “Jean-Claude Juncker will be the first to attempt to form the required majority”, in the European Parliament and thus get elected President of the Commission or even be rejected. Unfortunately for Europe, its leaders threw the Parliament’s communication to the dustbin and started discussing other options.

The Brit runs the place

The British PM reportedly rejected Juncker because he is too European! Comprehensibly, the Brit wants somebody else who will be ready to undermine the Union and transform it into a free trade zone. The problem is though that the EU has already created new and very strong bonds between the member states, especially for those participating in the Eurozone. The European Central Bank, the European Banking Union, the Fiscal Economic Governance and other new institutions are now a reality that no British PM can overlook.

As his critics say, Cameron tries to regain his lost influence on British politics at the expenses of the European Union. He has already lost control of the political developments in both his country and his party and to regain it he made the unforgivable blunder to promise a referendum for Britain’s position in or out of the EU. The proof that he has made a fine mess of everything is that his party ended third in last Sunday’s poll, electing only 19 MEPs. If the Scots vote ‘yes’ on 18 September, Cameron will be the British Prime Minister who lost in a few hours almost half of the United Kingdom. But Cameron’s political future is not a European concern.

The revelation was that the German Chancellor didn’t oppose the bigotry of the Brit. She preferred to ‘trade’ the EU legality with something not yet known. But what can be more precious than the entire edifice of the EU? The London elite has always been very lukewarm about the European Union and preferred it to be a free trade zone. They show the same attitude for their own country, that’s why the Scots want to abandon it.

Turn and twist it as the EU leaders may, their decision to reject the candidature of Jean-Claude Juncker for President of the European Commission, even if temporarily, is in direct breach with the EU Treaty of Lisbon. How could they imagine that anybody will care to go to the polling stations after five years and cast a ballot for the EU?

 

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

International community agrees on a road map for resolving the tax challenges arising from digitalisation of the economy

‘Crimes against humanity,’ ‘war crimes’ and risk of new ethnic violence in DR Congo, warn UN experts

Statement by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on the outcome of COP 25

‘Maintain calm’ and ‘exercise patience’ UN envoy urges, as Nigeria heads to polls

The refugee crisis seen through the eyes of a young doctor from Turkey

Cleantech innovation is being stifled. Here’s how to unlock it

Basel III rules relaxed: Banks got it all but become more prone to crisis

These are the world’s 10 most innovative economies

4 myths about corruption

How to reimagine our cities as hubs for biodiversity, conservation and climate resilience

OECD and European Commission join forces to further support structural reforms in European countries

3 ways to protect LGBTI rights across the world

Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States

Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

‘Bicycle Kingdom’ makes a comeback, as China seeks solutions to tackle air pollution crisis

GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

Palliative Care: A Gap to fill in healthcare service

5G will redefine entire business models. Here’s how

‘Catastrophic’ healthcare costs put mothers and newborns at risk

The Eurogroup protects Germany and blames others

How to talk about climate change: 5 tips from the front lines

Global Cooperation for Local Action: Fighting antimicrobial resistance

The future of crypto-assets, from opportunities to policy implications

This is what different countries are doing to stop coronavirus from spreading

Future-proofing the European banking market – removing the obstacles to exit

Why trade wars have no winners

Ηealth’s foundation is falling apart: what can we do about it?

European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund

Trade war or not New York bankers will have it their way

How building renovations can speed up the electric vehicle revolution

European Youth Capital 2018 : Cascais

Central African Republic: Guterres says UN mission committed to protecting civilians, helping stabilize country, as violence flares

Turkey needs to step up investment in renewables to curb emissions

Commissioner for Crisis Management in Kabul: EU steps up humanitarian assistance with €32 million

Senior UN children’s advocate says they ‘should never be targeted by violence’

A Sting Exclusive, the European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger writes for the Sting on “EU Industry: a major energizer”

Chart of the day: These are the cities where the World Cup threatens productivity the most

Wash your hands, but keep your mind clean

Human rights breaches in Bangladesh, Cuba and Vietnam

New UN-supported farming app is cream of crop in tackling Sahel pest

Privatisation and public health: a question of Human Rights

Can this billion-dollar initiative save the world’s tropical forests?

European Investment Bank to borrow €70 billion in 2013

‘These are very dark times for Yemen’: senior UN official on air strike mass casualties

Why and how did ISIS and Muslim fundamentalism gain momentum this year?

Brexit: when the hubris of one man can set the UK, the EU and the entire world on fire

Warmongers ready to chew what is left of social protection spending

State aid: Commission refers United Kingdom to European Court for failure to fully recover illegal tax exemption aid of up to around €100 million in Gibraltar

Youth Forum calls on Parliament to ease entry into Europe for young people

Better sanitation for India is in the pipeline

Why transparency in drug pricing is more complicated than it seems

COVID-19: faster authorisation for vaccines adapted to variants

As inequality grows, the UN fights for a fairer world

DiscoverEU: 20,000 more young people will explore Europe in 2020

‘Undersea gardeners’ are restoring Jamaica’s lost coral reefs

The global response to the coronavirus pandemic must not be undermined by bribery

Banks must take bold action to fight climate change. This is how they can do it

COVID-19 threatens the developing world’s small businesses. This is how to save them

Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year

Mediterranean migrant drownings should spur greater action by European countries, urge UN agencies

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s