I have already voiced my opinion why I think Buzek is the wrong choice for the EP presidency. Still, I have to admit that he made a rather good impression today, and I like the determination in his eyes while he leads the session. He has they eyes of an experienced boy, lively but knowledgeable. Let's see what he makes out of this.
In contrast, the election of the 14 vice presidents was a disaster and a clear sign of collective distrust of MEPs against each other.
Only three candidates got elected in the first round:
- PITTELLA Giovanni (Socialists & Democrats, Italy) 360 votes
- KRATSA-TSAGAROPOULOU Rodi (EPP, Greece) 355 votes
- LAMBRINIDIS Stavros (Socialists & Democrats, Greece) 348 votes
These are the MEPs that got elected into the EP's bureau:
- MARTÍNEZ MARTÍNEZ Miguel Ángel (Socialists & Democrats, Spain) 327 votes
- VIDAL-QUADRAS Alejo (EPP, Spain) 308 votes
- ROTH-BEHRENDT Dagmar (Socialists & Democrats, Germany) 287 votes
- ROUČEK Libor (Socialists & Democrats, Czech Republic) 278 votes
- DURANT Isabelle (Greens/EFA, Belgium) 276 votes
- ANGELILLI Roberta (EPP, Italy) 274 votes
- WALLIS Diana (ALDE, United Kingdom) 272 votes
- SCHMITT Pál (EPP, HU) 257 votes
- McMILLAN-SCOTT Edward (European Conservatives and Reformists, United Kingdom) 244 votes
- WIELAND Rainer (EPP, Germany) 237 votes
- KOCH-MEHRIN Silvana (ALDE, DE) 186 votes
The catastrophic results for most of the candidates - one has to remember that the European Parliament has 736 members by now - are no good sign, and to a certain extend it is sad that the last three bureau members could be elected with just around or less than one third of the votes of the whole Parliament.
This was no good day for the European Parliament, and it shows that the horse trades before today were not of help for the European democracy but rather counter-productive.
PS: In some ways, this is the continuation of the catastrophic European Parliament election process - the same MEPs that ran this process were sitting in the plenary today...