EU President: The Knives Come Out

The knives are coming out in the EU president sweepstakes, which will be decided this evening at an EU heads of state meeting. Already today I’ve seen a piece describing a whisper campaign against Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who as the current occupant of the pre-Lisbon rotating EU presidency is in charge of organizing the selection process. Reinfeldt has been demanding a shortlist of two names enjoying the potential for unanimous consensus. Given how hard it is to meet that qualification, and how opaque the deliberations are, there’s a lot of room for arbitrary interference. (I’ve lost the link […]

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