France and Germany can’t reach consensus regarding EU’s top jobs

Visit by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, to France
Date: 26/03/2019. Location: France, Paris. Photographer: Etienne Ansotte. © European Union, 2019. Source: EC – Audiovisual Service

The EU leaders are expected to meet again on Sunday to discuss about who will be taking over the EU top jobs, while France and Germany seem unable to agree who will be the successor of Jean-Claude Juncker. Last week’s EU summit didn’t conclude on the matter, something that exerts extra pressure onto the bloc’s leaders.

Moreover, the French President Emmanuel Macron attempts to change the existing candidate process for the establishment of the next European Commission’s President while on the opposite side Angela Merkel endorses Manfred Weber and the Spitzenkandidat process.

EU top roles at stake

The EU leaders are currently seeking for candidates and should decide who will be the next European Commission’s President, European Council’s President, European Central Bank’s President and the next High Representative for foreign policy. All nominees require the support of at least 21 out of 28 EU leaders and a majority in the European Parliament.

According to the current status quo, the president of the EC should come from the party with the most seats in the European Parliament. The latter means that Manfred Weber should be the next president but 11 of the 27 EU leaders blocked his nomination last week. Furthermore, Frans Timmermans and Margrethe Vestager who are among the candidates for the position of the EC president have been also ruled out. Thus, it is quite difficult to appoint the remaining EU jobs when the place of the Commission’s president is empty.

France against Germany

The French President seems to be opposing to the Spitzenkandidat process and is not supporting Manfred Weber as the next EC chief. On the contrary, Emmanuel Macron expresses his sympathy to Michel Barnier, the person in charge of Brexit negotiations, for this top position. That way the President of the third largest EU economy has been attempting to change the current procedure causing anger to the German leaders.

On the other hand, German Chancellor Angela Merkel outlined the significance of finding a “joint solution” at the Council summit. Daniel Caspary, the head of Ms Merkel’s CDU/CSU group in the European Parliament, also stressed that: “…I see a revisionist Mr Macron doing everything can to destroy European democracy… It is an approach that has nothing at all to do with the pro-European speeches of his in the beginning. We are fighting to ensure that the lead candidate process is maintained and Manfred Weber becomes president of the European commission.” Furthermore, CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer backed Mr Weber for the EC president post mentioning that “The CDU is behind Manfred Weber.”

G20 Osaka summit sets the scene ahead of EU summit

EU leaders who will be participating in the G20 summit which will take place in Osaka, Japan on Friday and Saturday are surely going to discuss about the next president of the European Commission and attempt to find a common solution and unanimity. More specifically, the French President and German Chancellor will hold intense talks on the sidelines of the summit together with Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker, Guiseppe Conte, Theresa May, Mark Rutte and Pedro Sanchez who will also be attending the G20 summit.

Taking into consideration the above difficulties, the European Parliament is ready to provide an extension of 24 hours to the EU leaders and vote on the new parliament president next Wednesday instead of Tuesday if there is still no golden solution for the EU leadership roles on the extra-summit on Sunday evening.

All in all, it seems that there is too much at stake at the moment when EU leaders are unable to break the deadlock and EPP’s candidate Weber is heading to Berlin this evening to meet with Angela Merkel, the EPP president Joseph Daul and Germany’s ruling conservative party, CDU chief, Annagret Kramp-Karrenbauer, in order to talk through his candidacy and the possibility to defy Macron since the latter has decided not to back Weber as next EC president.

The time is now pressing the EU leaders who will have to compromise shortly on the best candidate for the next president of the European Commission ensuring that is the right person to draft EU laws, enforce EU treaties and negotiate international trade deals for the Old Continent.

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

This Chinese tech giant’s latest gadget is… a bus

Conflict of interest and misuse of EU funds: The case of Czech PM Babiš

How to build a model for human security in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

European Commission kicks off major EU trade policy review

5 ways cities can use emerging technologies to fight climate change

UN chief praises impact of Palestine refugee agency as ‘our common success’, at key pledging conference

Data and the future of financial services

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Second review shows improvements but a permanent Ombudsperson should be nominated by 28 February 2019

Political solution ‘long overdue’ to protect the children of eastern Ukraine

Road crash deaths and injuries in the world’s cities can be stopped. Here’s how

UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan

First full satellite survey of devastated ancient Aleppo raises recovery hopes

Is there a cure for corruption in Greece?

Coronavirus: 4 tips for parents who are homeschooling

Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres warns States, at key Kenya conference

Yemen conflict: ‘Fragile’ hopes rise, as violence decreases and life-saving humanitarian funding surges

Africa’s shrinking lake shows the impact of climate change on women and indigenous people

Why digital inclusion must be at the centre of resetting education in Africa

Independent rights experts sound alarm at Iran protest crackdown, internet blackout

Gender equality: Parliament strives to be frontrunner among EU Institutions

Despite progress, companies face gender equality ‘backlash’: UN business body

The historic female struggle in medicine

Here’s how we can make innovation more inclusive

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: prizewinning journalists freed in Myanmar, new tracking tool for suspected terrorists, and a global bid to stop snakebite deaths

We are witnessing a revolution in genomics – and it’s only just begun

Hydrogen power is here to stay. How do we convince the public that it’s safe?

Migration surge leaves children stranded, begging on Djibouti’s streets

Amsterdam is developing a fleet of autonomous boats to reduce city traffic

Will Brexit shatter the EU or is it still too early to predict?

Sustainable transport can’t just depend on batteries. Here’s why

Mental health and suicide: when the alarm bells are faced with deaf ears

In Chad, top UN officials say humanitarian response must go ‘hand in hand’ with longer-term recovery

Taj Mahal closes as European Union considers non-essential travel ban – Today’s COVID-19 updates

China has announced ambitious plans to cut single-use plastic

7 ways the ‘biological century’ will transform healthcare

Nowhere is safe to hide in war-torn Yemen, say UN-appointed rights experts

Mergers: Commission refers acquisition of newly created joint venture by Telefónica and Liberty Global to the UK competition authority

Tackling youth unemployment through the eyes of a European entrepreneur

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017

This is how climate change is impacting the ocean – and what we can do about it

Supply chains have been upended. Here’s how to make them more resilient

How Europe’s green tech ‘scale-ups’ can help tackle climate change

How nudge theory can help empty our plastic-filled ‘drawers of shame’

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Busting the myth by looking at the facts

We are stronger than this pandemic (COVID-19)

The gender gap of medicine in 2018

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

Seeing through the mist of myths of Coronavirus

COVID-19: MEPs debate how to best protect cross-border and seasonal workers

From Graduation to professional career: has medicine, in Brazil, become more feminist?

What can be done to avoid the risk of being among the 7 million that will be killed by air pollution in 2020?

Millions of people eat octopus- here’s why we shouldn’t

These Dutch microgrid communities can supply 90% of their energy needs

Trump ‘used’ G20 to side with Putin and split climate and trade packs

After the George Floyd protests, what next for racial justice in the US?

To end deforestation, we must protect community land rights

New round of bargaining for the 2014 EU budget late in autumn

UN agencies call for more resettlement and end to detention of asylum seekers in Libya

Turkey: Commission continues humanitarian support for refugees

Why ‘floating wind’ is key to the energy transition and how to get it onto the sea quickly

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