Europe Union dogged by disunity

The EU has not become stronger after new Parliament elections, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya considers. "This election reflects the deep crisis in the EU. It was quite difficult to elect head of the European Commission (EC). Ursula von der Leyen was nominated for EU Commission President unexpectedly. She won the elections due to the fact that the leaders of 28 EU states could not agree among themselves," the analyst said.

RISS expert underscored that the choice of U. von der Leyen didn't depend on her abilities as a leader. The point was that the candidate should not have any opponents in the further elections. As for F.Timmermans, Poland didn't to allow him to be elected as EU Commission President.

However, both U. von der Leyen and C.Lagarde that are nominated as heads of the European Central Bank still have problems – they should be approved by the Parliament. С.Lagarde, for example, is blamed for the lack of economic education and the fact that she has never worked as a banker. Europeans are worried that the lack of experience will not allow her to effectively manage the EU banking system. The "green" party and socialists are also against U. von der Leyen. They stated that proportionality in the choosing of senior officials was not taken in account. There were no such problems last time, as the "European People's Party" and "Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats" gained an absolute majority of votes and actually divided them among themselves.

The Vice-chairmen of the EC will also be elected now. Among the candidates: F.Timmermans, M.Vestager, and M.Shefchovich. There is only one elected leader now – head of the European Council, former Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. According to RISS expert, he would be able to achieve success in the current situation, when it was very difficult to find a single solution in the European Union.

"These elections show that the differences in the European Union are only getting worse. It is unlikely that the new EC composition, which has not yet been fully approved, will be able to restore order among the 28 EU states. It is evident that Italy, as well as Central and Eastern Europe, are clearly underrepresented in the EC. On the first meeting of the newly elected European Parliament, when the EU anthem began to play, the Brexit party demonstratively stood up and turned away from the people, and some members of the EC from Britain and Poland did not even get up from their seats," the analyst concluded.

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