Sunday, 29 March 2009

PES leader Rasmussen against Barroso

From an interview with PES (European Socialists) leader Poul Nyrup Rasmussen - not to confuse with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen who has been proposed as NATO secretary general - in Le Monde (own translation):
What do you think about the socialist leaders who support Mr Barroso, like the British Prime Minister Brown or the Spanish, Mr Zapatero?

I speak in the name of the PES. Not in the name of national governments. One thing is sure: the PES will not support Mr Barroso. He is the candidate of the European People's Party (EPP). He will never represent the opinions of the socialist family, even though some social-democratic governments are supporting him, for national reasons. The last word will be for the [European] Parliament after the elections.
Sounds like a little conflict in the PES family!

Update (30 March): EUobserver has taken up the story.

5 comments:

Eurocentric said...

It's an encouraging sign. But will he be able to carry through a decision to run a candidiate against Barroso?

Julien Frisch said...

I have doubts, because it's quite late to present a candidate.

Anyone coming up now has to be a a real scoop...

Grahnlaw said...

For the sake of the European voters I really wish that the PES runs a candidate for the top spot, although the answer was far from promising.

Sikander Hayat said...

I think it is over the top to think that just by appointing Rasmussen we shall see the levels of violence increase. Taliban insurgency has now turned into a Pashtun insurgency and has more of an ethnic dimension than religious one.

http://real-politique.blogspot.com

By Sikander Hayat

Julien Frisch said...

@sikander

This post speaks about the other Rasmussen...