March 6, 2008
Henry Kissinger famously asked “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” This is the idea about how to answer that question.
With the Treaty of Lisbon to be ratified by 2009 it would be possible for there to be one person to call – the same person as President of the Commission and President of the European Council.
All of the current media speculation is about the new, but undemocratic and unaccountable President of the European Council position.
That’s not right. Europeans deserve better – one strong and accountable President.
Why support the idea of One President? If the new European Council President were to be strong it damages the EU in two ways: competing power bases in Brussels (European Council, Commission), and less democratic legitimacy (the Commission President is at least chosen according to results of the European Parliament elections, the European Council President simply appointed).
So give both President jobs to one person, and give the EU coherency and legitimacy!
Sumbitted by Jon WorthAuthor : EMI