European policy

A woman at the head of Europe, tomorrow!

(BRUSSELS2) The whole of Brussels is thinking about the future names at the head of Europe. The profiles and conditions are sketched out. According to diplomats, the future President of Europe can only come from a small or medium Member State, these being the most reluctant to this function, it seems excluded that he comes from a "large" Member State . Exit therefore the candidacy of Tony Blair put forward by Nicolas Sarkozy.

The High Representative in charge of external relations must, among other qualities, be “Nato-Compatible”. Moving on to the European Commission, it in fact retains control over the political-military action of the Union; full cooperation with NATO was a condition set by several countries, such as the United Kingdom and Portugal. It cannot be a national of a country with a seat on the Security Council (French or British). Which (re)gives every chance to Javier Solana for a renewal or to… another national! A German for example?

Angela Merkel wants the Germans to return to leading positions, at the Commission for example. As for France, if it is not officially a candidate for any position, this modesty aims, in fact, to recover the general secretariat of the Council. This discreet post, but one of growing importance with the successive enlargements to small countries, will be vacant in 2009 and the Frenchman Pierre de Boissieu, loyal Deputy Secretary General, could be a “useful” candidate.

Women excluded! The only piece missing from this puzzle: gender equality. No main institution or body of the European Union is currently headed by a woman. Commission, Parliament, Council, Foreign Affairs, Court of Justice, Central Bank, Court of Auditors, Economic and Social Committee, Committee of the Regions... are all chaired by a... man. Extraordinary ! And none of the names put forward in the “conversations” in Brussels evoke a woman.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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