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Lifting the Veil of Nomination Secrecy

Jean Quatremer has done the unthinkable – he has lifted the sacred veil of secret deliberations for the nomination of the first President of the European Council.

If his information is credible, then it appears that the President of France, Nicholas Sarkozy, has unilaterally opposed the candidacy of the prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker. All the other 26 Member States supported Mr. Juncker’s bid, but Mr. Sarkozy reportedly “vetoed” without stating any reasons.

Mr. Quatremer says that the Swedish Prime Minister then proposed Herman van Rompuy, not wanting to propose a formal vote. This was done although the Treaty of Lisbon requires a qualified majority, rather than anonymity, to appoint the President of the European Council.


Turkey Protests Swing on Accession

EUobserver reports that various Turkish politicians have protested against recent remarks by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy on the opportunity for a privileged partnership instead of full accession to the European Union.

Mr. Abdullah Gul, the Turkish president, said:

“Any discussion on this is tantamount to violating the decisions taken by the EU and would mean that the decision to start negotiations with Turkey was not sincere, that the heads of state took a decision that did not reflect their intentions.”

This is probably a good reason to recommend the new book “Turkey’s Accession to the European Union”, edited by Constantine Arvanitopoulos, that deals with many important and relevant issues.