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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

European elections: No real leading candidates

Four of the leading five candidates in the European elections went head to head for the first time in a TV debate that was broadcast live on Monday evening in several countries. It's a pity that their role still isn't clear, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore notes: "Generally a candidate can be sure that he will govern if he wins the election. But this doesn't apply to Europe and the five main contenders for the post of President of the European Commission, because according to the Treaty of Lisbon it is incumbent on the European Council to nominate the new president, whereby the heads of state and government are explicitly called on to take the results of the European elections into account. However it is unclear whether the European Council must appoint the winner of the EU Parliament elections as president or whether it is allowed to select a third candidate according to the voting results. ... Since in today's Europe joint government is an expression of the political balance and a weighing up of national interests, this is not just a legal but also a political issue."

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