Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Van Rumpuy Rejects Democracy
At a public conference in Brussels last month The European Council Commission President Herman Van Rompuy, said directly electing the European Commission President at the 2014 EU elections would "organise the disappointment in advance". He went on to say that electing his own successor would be "even more absurd".
He was speaking at the self-appointed Future of Europe Group which consists of the foreign ministers of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
The 11 ministers had made a proposal to increase the democratic legitimacy by suggesting each political party nominates a top candidate for the next EP elections who would also stand for the post of Commission President.
Van Rompuy rejected the idea saying:
“I said it in New York: you give this man or this woman a huge legitimacy. But if you keep the same competence for the top job, you organise the disappointment in advance,”
What he means by that poli-speak is unclear to me. He continued: "If this is not going hand in hand with large powers for the Commission, then forget it."
During his speech he said "There are no 27 egoists around the table."
That's when I realised, once again, the EU is not for the good of the many but the few.