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Are Europe’s new leaders up to the job? Brussels appointment process raises serious legitimacy questions

Every six years, in tandem with the European parliamentary election, the EU changes the management of its top jobs.

This, in turn, affects the composition of its institutions. The five key places to be filled are the European Commission president, the European Council president, the president of the European Parliament, the head of the European Central Bank, and the…

  • Amelia Hadfield
  • The Conversation

EU treaties, plus political expediency, help ensure balance in terms of geography, large vs. small states, party affiliation and gender in filling posts.

But this time around, the process of post selection has been disappointingly unclear, and lacked democratic legitimacy.

Nor have the…

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