The Spanish Presidency of the European Council : a critical view - commentaires The Spanish Presidency of the European Council : a critical view 2010-07-15T14:43:19Z https://www.taurillon.org/The-Spanish-Presidency-of-the-European-Council-a-critical-view#comment8520 2010-07-15T14:43:19Z <p>After the cancellation of the EU-US summit, the Spanish presidency managed to maintain a low profile. This was probably a good thing, because the power-struggle between Barroso, Van Rompuy, Ashton and the Council did not need an extra player.</p> The Spanish Presidency of the European Council : a critical view 2010-07-14T09:36:26Z https://www.taurillon.org/The-Spanish-Presidency-of-the-European-Council-a-critical-view#comment8517 2010-07-14T09:36:26Z <p>Gracias por este articulo ;-)</p> <p>You have brought up many interesting points but the most relevant to me is the question of using the rotating presidency to connect the citizens of the member states holding it better to the EU and not just do a socialisation for the political classes of the country (which will be important especially for thos member states playing this role for the first time) but for the broader public. However, this element is rarely achieved as both politicians and the media tend to look at things from their national perspective : what did we get out of it, how does it affect us etc and rarely manage a global view or at least a true European perspective of things and explain to the citizens that some things might not be good for one or the other individual member state but is important and beneficial to the EU as a whole.</p>