Macron bemoans ‘failure’ of EU leadership all-night summit, Merkel urges patience

What can the EU really do to Trump?

…from Russia Today, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: EU top drawer politics is a classic herding-cats game. They may all be members of the same tribe, but snagging one of the top slots is fought over to the last breath, as long as two debaters have not fallen asleep.

Macron’s frustration shows his age and limited experience. He knows that leadership picks are always contentious for the simple fact that the door gets closed on many wishful hopefuls who have promised a lot to their supporters if they win.

The real art comes after the dust has settled and it is time for the losers and winners to move forward as a team. This falls on the shoulders of the winners, to convince the position losers than their views will not be frozen out of debate just because they lost, as they do represent constituencies.

We shall know who is on the new slate, soon. Europeans always get the job done, as life moves on and a continent is waiting for leadership to take it to a better placeJim W. Dean ]

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Finally, the EU-SPV begins

– First published … July 01, 2019

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have aired concerns after a marathon EU summit, held to allocate the bloc’s top jobs, ended without a decision being reached. Both leaders said they hoped talks on Tuesday would be more fruitful.

After more than 18 hours of negotiations, leaders of the EU’s 28 member-states were unable to select the next leadership for the bloc.

Up for grabs at the Brussels pow-wow are the presidencies of the EU Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council of EU governments, the EU’s foreign policy chief and the head of the European Central Bank, which governs the euro currency.

The deadlock proved to be particularly frustrating for the French president, who told reporters that the summit’s “failure” portrays “a very bad image for both the [European] Council and for Europe.”

Macron said “personal ambitions” were preventing a deal from being reached.

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His German counterpart was less eager to broadcast her disappointment, but said that the summit failed as a result of “big member states that couldn’t live … with the proposals we had today.”

Merkel stressed, however, that pushing through a half-baked agreement could result in living with “insurmountable tensions in the European Council for five years.”

She said that instead of “rushing things,” it was better for EU leaders to “sleep on it for one night, and look again to see whether there is a new point of view.”

Even if a deal is reached, the grueling summit has apparently left Macron deeply displeased. The French president told reporters that the experience has convinced him that “deep changes”are needed in how the EU’s institutions operate.


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  1. It is difficult to promote and elect a certain psycho who would continue to keep Britain in, Germany down and Russia out. Possibly several top positions are now required to do it. EU foreign policy chief is never allowed to be outside of the Five “big ones” (Britain/France/Germany/Italy/Spain). The rest posts are mainly reserved for western-oriented clowns (under the threat of recurring Soviet mentality or East Germany).
    Perhaps if they allocate some “key positions” to the British they might consider another go at the Union.

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