Save the acceptables for last
Updated at Monday, 08 Jul 2019, 16:06
The Hanoitimes - Nobody thinks about installing the best candidates in the best interest of the EU but only cared about its own interests.
The search of the EU for 5 candidates for 5 top-jobs in the EU's power hierarchy has so far been full of humor and tragedy. Every five years after the election to the European Parliament, EU member countries have to nominate candidates to be approved by the European Parliament as presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Central Bank as well as EU High-Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.
Despite growing opposition and strong protest from members of the European Parliament, the nomination has always been something like easy home works for the heads of states and governments of all EU members – constituting the European Council - and the role the European Parliament plays is only to approve all personnel arrangements by the European Council. But this year, it isn't this case anymore.
All candidates chosen by political parties and fractions before the election were very quickly put aside because all won't have any chance to get the support of the majority in order to be approved in the European Parliament. Furthermore all of them couldn't be nominated by the European Council because this EU institution failed to reach consensus needed to officially nominate them. That meant that all candidates who were so far considered as the best or at least most proper for these top-jobs were swept off.
After that, it has come the time for the candidates of the second or the third or the last choice surprisingly for the peoples on the continent but bitterly for the EU governing bodies. Among the EU member states, the division was deep and apparent and they did not manage to overcome it, France versus Germany, countries in the north against countries in the south, the west against the east, "new” members against "old” members.
That is why now may be the first time since the first election to the European Parliament in 1979 some of the candidates for these 5 top-jobs nominated by the European Council could not be approved by the European Parliament. This shows the miserable state of the EU at present and is a poor omen for the future of the EU. EU intentionally looked for the best and finally chose not them but the compromisables.
Ambassador Tran Duc Mau