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Straková, Vladimíra

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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 20/11/2009

Commissioners are more important

There is 'a large amount of political calculation' behind the selection of the permanent EU Council President and the High Representative for Foreign and Security Affairs, writes the conservative daily Lidové Noviny: "Should an eminent figure like [British ex prime minister] Tony Blair who the whole world knows be chosen? Or would a lesser known but hard-working and compromise-friendly man like Belgian Prime Minister [Herman] Van Rompuy be a better choice? For the three major powers in the EU, the UK, France and Germany, the latter option was preferable, and they know why. Right now the EU Commissioners are also being chosen, and there are still a number of key posts up for grabs there. … They want to position their people in posts that may have a smaller area of responsibility but also have a larger sphere of influence."

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