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EU Parliament: Sassoli's Election Vote shows that Von der Leyen would face Problems...

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 03 July 2019

*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's new President, David Sassoli's Fast-Track Election Today in Srasbourg, despite its Success on the 2nd Round, nevertheless, reveals that the controversial, subsequent Von der Leyen's bid for EU Commission's Presidency, designated as Part of one and Same cumbersome Package Deal (the 3rd in a Row !) just fixed by EU Council in Brussels, will Not be Easy at all !

Sassoli's Election was obtained in Less than 1 Day after a Surprise Announcement, Yesterday, of his UnExpected Candidature, according to a Last-Minute Adjustment of the Latest EU Council's Package Deal for EU's Top Jobs, (Commission, Council, Parliament and Central Bank), which had, initially, foreseen for anOther Socialist MEP, from a Central-Eastern EU Member Country : Bulgaria, to enter the race, before he desists in favour of his Italian collegue from the Same Group.

Vice-Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Salvini, had already Criticized the "Paradox" to reserve EU Parliament's Presidency to a representative of a Party which had "Lost" the latest EU Elections, meaning the "Socialist" Democratic Party which had managed to arrive 2nd, but Losing -12 MEPs less... (After Salvini's "Lega" Rightist Party which marked a Brillant Win with +23 MEPs more).  This was, however, part of the "Price" to pay, for the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party, in order to make Von der Leyen acceptable by most EU Council's Member Countries...

After Narrowly Missing to obtain a Relative Majority of the Votes Casted, during the 1st Round, (apparently for 7 Votes, as he indicated himself : See relevant Photo), finally, Sassoli managed to get Elected in the 2nd Round, with 345 Votes for, against 322 and 37 Blanks or InValid.

But a Careful Analysis of Today's Voting clearly shows that Von der Leyen's subsequent bid for the EU Commission President's presidency, after July 15, looks to be in real Trouble :

- Indeed, even Sassoli himshelf did Not Reach the Absolute Majority of the Voters, since the MEPs who Voted were 707, and this would have required 354 Votes for him, But he received - 9 Less than that, (345).

- In Fact, he faced a Threefold Competition: Both from the "Greens" (119) and the "Left" (43), as well as from the "Conservatives" of the Right (143), while several Other MEPs Abstained (See Infra) or Voted "Blank/Invalid" (37 : More than in the 1st Round).        

+ Moreover, for the Forthcoming Election of a New EU Commission's President, at the Next Plenary of EU Parliament, according to its Rules, Von der Leyen will Need an Absolute Majority of the Registered MEPs (751), i.e. 376 Votes, (+ 31 More than Sassoli) !

Given the (already mentioned: See ..., and much more) Critical Reactions Against her Controversial, Last-Minute Candidacy, it's Not Sure at all that she might, eventually, reach that threshhold, at least as things stand nowadays...  

Indeed, the Opposition of the "Greens" and of the "Left", already visible against Sassoli (Comp. Supra), should, logically, not only remain, but even become Stronger.

In Addition, Many among the Socialist MEPs (particularly German a.o.) are notoriously Opposed.

Most of the various Rightists, (particulary after the probably forthcoming Exclusions from EU Parliament's Committees' Officials, scheduled for next week in Brussels), should normaly Strengthen their Rejection of any such Establishment's "Inner Power circles"' Power-Sharing Deals. And it's naturally Not for Brittish Conservatives to be glad for anyone related to a Franco-German move, qui plus est, linked also to Defense...

Among ChristianDemocrat/EPP Members, several are still inevitably Shocked by the way that their Succesfull Leading Candidate ("SpitzenKandidat"), Manfred Weber was treated (Comp. Supra .., and: ..., etc), while also considering Von der Leyen's Controversial stance on Crucial Nowadays BioEthical Issues, particularly related to Genetic Manipulations on Human Genome, where New, Heritable Gene-Editing Technologies notoriously put Humanity at Risk.

And it's Not Nigel Farage's fans who might be charmed so easily...

As for the ex-"Liberals", will they All really Accept to just ...Swallow what happened vis a vis EU Parliament, EU Elections, and EU Citizens in this Controversial Deal, (See, f.ex. : ..., etc), or maybe Not ?

=> In the present circumstances, give Von der Leyen some More Time than Only ...a Few Days in order to really form her View on EU's next 5 Years, (to remind her own Statement, Today in Strasbourg, See : ...), as well as to MEPs in order to Better Examine all the Facts, f.ex. by Postponing her Public Hearing and/or the Vote in EU Parliament from July to September 2019, (as some already think), might, perhaps, be a Practical Solution, as things stand...








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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.


    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 


    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...



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