The election maybe over, but all eyes are now on who’ll become the EU’s next Commission President. The current incumbent has confirmed his intention to run again.
EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso declared: ‘‘I’ve said many times that I am priviledged to be the President of the European Commission. I am therefore honoured that the President of the European Council has today asked me if he can put forward my name for a second mandate in view of the consultations he will be making in preparation at the next EU council. I have agreed to this request.’‘
Jose Manuel Barroso’s decision to run for a new five year mandate follows yesterday’s European election results, which saw strong gains for right leaning political parties.
The conservative grouping of the European Peoples Party has made it clear Barroso has its support. As have the left leaning prime ministers of Spain, Britain and Portugal.
But, the current EU leader is not so popular with everyone. Criticised over his handling of the economic crisis opposition is being driven by the Greens, particularly Franco-German leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit — an outspoken Barroso critic.
A splintered Left is also less likely to accommodate Barroso following yesterday’s humiliating results.
While the Portuguese remains favourite things could get messy if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified by the autumn. The successful candidate needs an absolute majority in the Parliament, something Barroso’s allies on the right don’t have.
Barroso seeks another five-year term