LONDON — Angela Merkel is just not all in favour of turning into the following president of the European Fee or European Council — the 2 most senior positions within the European Union.
A senior European authorities official informed BuzzFeed Information that Merkel has privately made clear that she won’t put her title ahead for the posts, and doesn’t need to be requested by different EU leaders to take the roles both.
Merkel introduced final yr she would give up politics when her fourth time period as German chancellor ends in 2021, however hypothesis that she might resign early for a profession in Brussels has not gone away.
“She was clear that she shouldn’t be a part of the equation when the highest EU jobs are mentioned,” the senior official, who is just not from Germany, mentioned. “She isn’t taking part in video games.”
A second supply with data of Merkel’s considering mentioned, “She is completely clear that when her time period as chancellor ends she won’t search every other political publish.”
EU leaders will meet in Brussels later this month to start the method to resolve the following management of the European Fee — the EU’s government department — and the European Council — the EU establishment consisting of the bloc’s heads of presidency and state that units the EU’s general path and priorities.
The 2 posts, in addition to the top of the European Central Financial institution and the EU international coverage chief, will change into vacant later this yr, and months of vigorous haggling amongst EU leaders is predicted.
The positions are instrumental in defining the form of the EU’s political and financial path. Beneath the EU’s treaties, the EU leaders nominate the president of the European Fee, however the candidate then must be authorised by the European Parliament.
At a gathering of EU leaders in Sibiu, Romania, final week, the present president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, confirmed that the leaders would meet on Might 28, days after the European Parliamentary elections, to begin the nomination course of to resolve the EU’s new chiefs.
Tusk informed reporters after the assembly that he desires the method to be fast. “My intention is to hold out the election of heads of EU establishments in a swift, clean and efficient method,” he mentioned.
He added that it was his intention for the EU leaders to be ready to appoint the brand new management at a European Council summit in mid-June.
Going into the assembly in Romania, a number of EU leaders, together with French President Emmanuel Macron, voiced their opposition to the “Spitzenkandidat” (“main candidate” in English) idea, the concept that the nominee of the biggest parliamentary group after the European Parliamentary elections will get the presidency of the European Fee. Different leaders, similar to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, again the method.
Primarily based on present polls, the method would see German MEP Manfred Weber, the lead candidate of the centre-right European Folks’s social gathering, succeed Jean-Claude Juncker. The social democrats’ lead candidate is the Dutch politician Frans Timmermans, the present vice-president of the European Fee.
A senior European authorities official informed BuzzFeed Information that the 2 principal Spitzenkandidaten would most likely fall quick after this month’s EU elections, paving the way in which for a 3rd candidate — with the EU’s Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier seen because the frontrunner — determined by EU leaders. The highest jobs would unlikely be agreed on the premise of “proper versus left” or social gathering political traces, mentioned the official, however could be decided primarily by “nationality, geographical and regional dynamics, and private chemistry.”