European Union: Criticism of leaders in Brussels

Which names "sound"

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The informal Summit of European leaders is expected to take place in Brussels during the day. The aim is for the heads of state to come to an informal decision on the people who will take over the EU's top jobs, which will be sealed at the next European Council summit on 27-28 June.

And according to information transmitted by Politico, there is an unusual consensus around the names that are heard that are expected to take the top positions of the European Union.

Which names "sound"

The positions to be discussed are the next president of the European Commission, the president of the European Council, the president of the European Parliament and the head of foreign policy.

From what it seems, the leaders end up with Ursula von der Leyen for the presidency of the Commission, Antonio Costa as president of the European Council, Roberta Metzola as president of the European Parliament and Estonia's Kaya Kallas as head of foreign policy in place of Josep Borel .

It is noted that if the leaders reach an agreement on the top jobs at the Summit at the end of the month, the Parliament could vote as early as July 18 to elect the next president of the European Commission.

The conditions that constitute implied consent

In general there is a climate of tacit consensus regarding the selection of people to fill the four most powerful EU positions. After all, Europe's attention is now turning to the outcome of the early elections in France.

The combination of French elections, Russia's war in Ukraine and former US President Donald Trump's possible return to the White House after November's US election leaves little room for "domestic bargaining", European officials said and diplomats.

Roberta Metzola is rumored to be re-elected president of the European Parliament

The background behind von der Leyen's re-election

Immediately following the result of the European elections, Von der Leyen is trying to build the majority she needs to renew her term as president of the European Commission.

The outgoing president is in an advantageous position, especially after the victory and increase in the seats of the European People's Party. Solz, who has not publicly endorsed von der Leyen, said after the G7 summit in Italy that "there is every indication that she will be able to serve a second term".

During the informal meeting, European leaders are expected to "bargain" with von der Leyen to secure portfolios of the new Commission, in exchange for their support.

In fact, a diplomat stated that "These are heads of state and government. They're not coming to Brussels just to sign a deal," and added that "There's always a surprise in discussions about the top jobs in the EU."

Antonio Costa is at the helm of the Council

The Socialists, the second largest parliamentary group in the European Parliament, appear to want the leadership of the European Council, which represents the 27 EU member states.

The pioneer in this race is Antonio Costa. Earlier this week, Portugal's current centre-right prime minister, Luis Montenegro, said Lisbon would back Costa for the post.

But there is also a basic problem. His candidacy may be hindered by his pending legal issues. Last November, the then Portuguese prime minister resigned after being considered an official suspect by prosecutors in a wide-ranging investigation. At the time, Portuguese prosecutors did not disclose what crime he was suspected of.

Eight months later, the case remains a mystery. No charges have been brought against Costa, but prosecutors have not stopped their investigation into the former prime minister. At his request, Costa answered questions from the prosecutor last month and insisted on his innocence.

Antonio Costa is preparing to succeed Charles Michel

Tough battle for the position of head of foreign policy

One of the most difficult battles will be fought for the position of head of foreign policy. Estonian Prime Minister Kaya Kallas has expressed interest in the position, and as a liberal leader of an Eastern European state, she would be an almost ideal choice for liberals.

The 45-year-old staunch enemy of Putin has been an early supporter of sending arms to Kiev, and Estonia, with a population of just 1,3 million, provides the most military aid to Ukraine as a percentage of its GDP of any other country.

It is noted that Callas spearheaded the pressure to accelerate the strengthening of NATO's eastern flank and to impose even tougher economic sanctions on Moscow.

New term for Roberta Metsola

As far as the European Parliament is concerned, the candidate for the presidency is expected to be Roberta Metsola. The background behind the selection is that her term will be extended for the next two and a half years.

Following this, the Socialist candidate will be at the helm of the European Parliament for the rest of the term. Of course, in this case, it is the European Parliament that has the final say on this decision, and not the EU leaders.