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IThere was no suspense. EU leaders assembly at a summit agreed on Thursday to offer Ursula von der Leyen a second time period as head of the Commission and entrust European diplomacy to a powerful voice on Ukraine, Estonian Kaja Kallas.

The reappointment of the German conservative chief must be confirmed by an absolute majority of MEPs: the end result of the vote, anticipated in mid-July, is unsure: the same old coalition of conservatives, socialists and liberals within the European Parliament having been weakened in the course of the June elections by the rise of the acute proper.

To embody the face of EU diplomacy in opposition to the backdrop of the warfare in Ukraine, heads of state and authorities selected Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas – a decided opponent of the Kremlin. This 47-year-old liberal will succeed the Spaniard Josep Borrell. Finally, they appointed former Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa as the brand new president of the European Council, the physique which brings collectively member states. A 12 months after his resignation for a corruption affair which finally appears poorly substantiated, this socialist, famend as a skillful tactician and pragmatist, will succeed the Belgian Charles Michel on December 1st.

Orban denounces a “shameful” association

These three names have been extensively favored, the playing cards seeming to be made even earlier than the Brussels summit, following the settlement reached on Tuesday between six European leaders – together with the Frenchman Emmanuel Macron and the German Olaf Scholz – belonging to the right-wing “grand coalition”. /social-democrats/centrists, within the wake of the European elections.

READ ALSO Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to take over NATO management on October 1Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban had denounced the “shameful” association upon arriving on the summit: “European voters have been deceived. (The right) has formed a coalition of lies with the left and the liberals,” he had raged.

The head of the ultraconservative Italian authorities, Giorgia Meloni, not noted of the negotiations between the three political teams, had denounced the actions of an “oligarchy” the day earlier than in Rome. On Thursday night, she abstained on Ursula von der Leyen and voted in opposition to Kaja Kallas and António Costa, in keeping with a diplomatic supply.

Meloni needs to weigh in

A sure variety of leaders had proven themselves eager to spare her: if the help of Giorgia Meloni was not needed – unanimity was not required – politically her voice counts. “There is no Europe without Italy, and there is no decision without Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, that is obvious,” assured the top of the Polish authorities, Donald Tusk, from the PPE (proper).

READ ALSO “Top jobs”: the helpless anger of Giorgia MeloniLike Viktor Orban, Giorgia Meloni intends to have extra affect on the alternatives of the long run govt in Brussels, following the rise of the novel and excessive proper in the course of the European elections – notably the ECR group of the Italian chief, which took third place from the centrist household of French President Emmanuel Macron within the European Parliament.

Rome is demanding “at a minimum” a vice-presidency of the European Commission, with an “important portfolio” to affect industrial and agricultural coverage, in keeping with its Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani.


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