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That’s the margin by which Ursula Von der Leyen (VDL), most recently the unsuccessful Defense Minister of Germany, became the President-Elect of the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union’s two-headed administration.
Head - Government - Non-state - EU - Head
She will act as the Head of Government for the aspirational non-state that the EU currently embodies. The Head of State will be Charles Michel, a formerly almost unknown PM of so-powerful Belgium.
Palace intrigue dominated the undemocratic selection process.
Macron - Francophones
Macron wanted francophones.
Merkel wanted one of her own and her supposed heir apparent before she was dumped.
Brussels - Aristocracy - Candidate - European - Parliament
The Brussels aristocracy wanted to impose a presidential candidate selected by the European Parliament’s political parties during the election in May 2019.
Falling into line, the European Socialists came to the aid of the Centre-right’s U-turn on their own presidential candidate, Manfred Weber, another German who took one for the team.
Centrist - Liberals - Macron - Forces - Lockstep
The centrist liberals, led by Macron’s own forces, also voted in lockstep as expected. Poland’s government actually pushed the unappreciated candidate who is scandal ridden over the finish line. She even plagiarized her PhD thesis and got away with it!
Par for the course. It is the EU after all.
Surprising - Support - Greens - Opposition - Centrist
More surprising was the support of the Greens, traditionally in opposition to the centrist establishment.
Their performance in the election surprised everyone.
Backs - Stances - Suspicions - Eurosceptics - Figure
That they would so quickly turn their backs on their historical environmental stances confirms the suspicions of many Eurosceptics – supposedly left, supposedly environmentalist, they voted in a centre-right figure with no bona fides on either count. Lacking a Green head of State in the European Council, they were, as the old saw goes, not at the table, therefore on the menu.
Of all the votes that put VDL in power, none were more unexpected than the ECR.
Conservatives - Reformists - PM - David - Cameron
The European Conservatives and Reformists, formed by British PM David Cameron after the 2014 edition of this electoral contest,...
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