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European elections: a counterweight to Merkel in sight

It looks very much like for the first time the leading candidate of the strongest party in the European Parliament will become the new president of the European Commission. In his blog with the left-leaning online paper, Ignacio Escolar has high expectations of the president as a counterweight to the powerful heads of government: "These will be the first elections in which the Commission president is elected by the citizens via the European Parliament. This is a significant step because for the first time a representative of all the Europeans will have a programme, legitimacy and powers comparable to those of the national heads of government; someone who can stand up to the likes of Merkel or Hollande. This is good news for a Europe whose main problems derive from the lack of a genuine political union that compensates for the unequal distribution of power between the rich member states and the poor states of the south."

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