Speculation abounds about whether Tony Blair, Jean Claude Juncker, Bertie Ahern or someone else might be the first President of the European Council, the new position created by the Treaty of Lisbon. The First President of Europe! cries the media in a shrill fashion.
But hold on a moment. There is a President in the European Union already – the President of the European Commission – and that role is democratically accountable to the European Parliament. The very worst thing that could happen would be for the European Council President to create an additional power base in Brussels, weakening the Commission and reducing democratic accountability (the European Council position is appointed by the Heads of State and Government).
So what’s the solution? For Jan Seifert and I, the two bloggers that have created the website http://www.whodoicall.eu/, the best bet is to combine both President positions – so the same person is President of the Commission and President of the European Council. Coherence between the institutions and democratic legitimacy would hence be guaranteed.
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