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Green light for the next tripartite leadership of the European Union

Green light for the next tripartite leadership of the European Union

Late Thursday evening, it was announced that the favored trio had the support of the European Union heads of state and government.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni voted against Costa and Callas and abstained from voting in favor of von der Leyen, but did not put forward an alternative candidate.

Meloni, who leads the right-wing nationalist Brothers of Italy party, has criticised the distribution of top posts between Christian Democrats, Social Democrats and liberals.

In X, Meloni wrote that she could not support the three-party group's proposal because it disrespected voters.

After the European Union elections The ECR family, to which Meloni belongs, has grown significantly. In the EU Parliament, it could become the third largest party group. This was not reflected in the distribution of senior jobs.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala also belongs to the ECR family but supported the settlement.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban also had objections. He voted against Ursula von der Leyen, abstained in the Kaja Kallas case and said yes to Antonio Costa.

In a press conference after the summit, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said there were no other proposals on the table, and the trio appeared to be able to gain support in the EU Parliament.

-They are good, respectful and helpful people, and they also have extensive experience in what we do. The Prime Minister summarized this comprehensive solution that has good potential.

Image: European Council

Technically, you don't have to do this All 27 EU leaders are behind the appointments. But politically, many saw it as inappropriate to trample on Giorgia Meloni, who represents one of the EU’s biggest countries and one of its biggest party families.

EU leaders have therefore nominated Ursula von der Leyen for another five years as European Commission president. But before she can take office, she must be approved by a majority in the EU Parliament. She has the support of the three main centrist party groups: the Social Democrats, the liberal Renewal Party and the conservative European People’s Party.

Also the European Commission that The European Parliament must obtain full approval, which will not happen until the fall of this year. Since the EU's foreign affairs chief is also the Foreign Affairs Commissioner, this means that Kaja Kallas can't really breathe yet.

The only position that is now completely clear is that of António Costa, who will become the next president of the European Council and thus be responsible for leading future EU summits.

Next week, it will become clear what the party groups in the EU Parliament look like. Above all, on the right, there are still big question marks about which parties belong to which groups.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Photo: François Lenoir/Council of Europe

Bullins said Thursday Former Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said his party, the national conservative Law and Justice Party, is considering leaving the European Constitutional Party and instead creating a new party group with Hungary's Fidesz and other parties from eastern and central Europe.

In this case, the European Council would be eliminated by twenty members, reducing Meloni's ability to claim influence over the EU's strategic decisions.

Top jobs in the EU are not only a matter of political alignment, but also of geography and gender balance.

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