sábado, 26 de junho de 2004

Sobre a presidência da Comissão Europeia

Commission Impossible, artigo de Craig Winneker.

Destaque:

Here's a handy way to gauge the esteem in which the European Commission presidency is held: The man who is almost universally wanted for the job - and not without good reason - cannot be tempted to leave his current post as prime minister of…Luxembourg.

In fact, Jean-Claude Juncker apparently can't even be bullied into taking the job by some of Europe's most powerful leaders, though they are still trying. Why would a man prefer to run a country -it is actually more of a drive-thru bank for tax-dodging Germans and Belgians - of some 400,000 people rather than the cornerstone institution of a bloc of 25 countries and 450 million people? Well, it may be that Juncker, a chain-smoking, 49-year-old, center-right politician, simply wants to extend his record as Europe's longest-serving current head of government. And, yes, he promised his constituents that he would not decamp for Brussels if he was re-elected this year. They handed him an overwhelming victory, making one of the very few European leaders this year to not be repudiated by his own electorate. But more likely, he sees the job as an impossible one: trying to make the EU understandable to Europeans, trying to corral the desires of 25 (and the list is growing) nation-states, many of whom are not so keen on increased integration, trying to run a supranational institution that seems to produce as many laughable initiatives as it does laudable ones.

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