Sorry for the Lord of the Rings allusion in the headline, but I couldn’t resist.
In my inbox this morning, forwarded by Vic from fellow watcher and blogger Mathieu.
The German Foreign Minister is proposing creating a “Super-Minister” post that would combine the roles held by Van Rompuy and Barosso, as well as taking over as the chair of the monthly meeting of EU member foreign ministers.
I can only scratch my head and wonder where they would find a suitably high-profile European personality to take on such a critical job? Who could possibly fill such a big role? hmmmmm
This version is in German, but translates pretty well with Google Translate.
I also found the same story in the EUobserver this morning in English.
BRUSSELS – Ideas kicking around in a reflection group of select EU foreign ministers include merging the roles of the EU Council and European Commission presidents.
A senior EU source told this website following a meeting of the club in the Val Duchesse stately home in Brussels on Thursday (19 April) that the new supremo would have more power than either Herman Van Rompuy or Jose Manuel Barroso do today but also more “democratic legitimacy” because he or she would be elected by MEPs.
I didn’t notice this earlier, but according to “thetrumpet.com” the meeting to draw up the proposal for the EU super-president was a private meeting of “The Ten”.
The Ten in this case are actually not the normal Ten. It is Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain. the French FM was missing at this particular meeting though, and for some reason Luxembourg was there. It appears Greece was missing, and replaced at the table by Poland.