Monday, January 20, 2003
The Dual Executive is strengthened - 20th January 2003, 23.17

The European Parliament endorsed the Franco-German call for the President of the European Commission to be elected by themselves, in what appears to be a co-ordinated move to reinforce the original proposal. This was adopted as an official position and forwarded to the European Convention.

However, there is an argument that the current rapprochement is born of necessity rather than a genuine convergence of interests, leaving both countries supporting their push-me-pull-you until a better offer comes along.


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