segunda-feira, 26 de maio de 2014

Presidency of the European Commission: the commitment difficult

The first official results of the European elections, which registered a turnout of 43.09 percent, gave 70 percent of 751 seats in the European Parliament to the pro-European parties.

The European people's Party (EPP) led by Jean-Claude Juncker, should stay with 214 seats, followed by the Socialists (SD) from German Martin Schulz, with 189 places.

The victory of the European people's party favors Juncker in the race for the Presidency of the European Commission (EC) since, in accordance with article 17 of the Treaty of Lisbon, the President of the EC should be chosen taking into account the outcome of the European elections. Juncker will have however to understand with the Socialists to build a majority.

The leader of the popular aren't you forgetting this condition in their statements this Monday in Brussels: "I am convinced that in the coming days and weeks we will have to discuss not only positions and appointments, but the fundamental issues â€" I'm ready to discuss what is essential, particularly with the Socialist Party, do you see any other majority out of the so-called ' Grand Coalition '."

Martin Schulz and Jean-Claude Juncker-backed, respectively, by the Socialists and the popular â€" are the Favorites, but it won't be easy getting an absolute majority for one of the candidates.

To get the support of the Socialists, Juncker would have to soften its position on the pace of the adjustment in countries in crisis and defend a policy of promoting growth and employment. The absence of commitment, will give Germany the chance to introduce a candidate to keep European policy inalerada.

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