[Politics]Tomorrow the EU might have it's first President. Who will it be?
Tomorrow, on the Thursday 19 November, we might have our first President of the EU and a Foreign Minister, as the European Council meet. The European Council consists of the leaders of the member nations.
There is criticism, as this process lacks any resemblance to democracy, as it will be a politicians compromise; electing one they can cope with. The choice of the highest representatives doesn’t even involve the parliament, the one democratic body of the Union.
■Should it be a heavy weight like Tony Blair or a recognized name like Mary Robinson? There have been voices raised for candidates from a small country rather than a large, for various reasons, as well as a candidate from the newer members.
■Or should the position go to a woman rather than a man? There are plenty of qualified women to consider.
Some of the interesting names for the position as a professional hand shaker:
Vaira Vike-Freiberga f. Latvian president
Mary Robinson f. Irish president
Herman Van Rompuy Belgian prime minister
Jean-Claude Juncker Luxembourg’s prime minister
Jan Peter Balkenende the Dutch prime minister
Paavo Lipponen f. prime minister of Finland
•Who do you think it will be?
•Who would you like it to be?