Friday, 9 October 2009

What European Council President does Barroso actually want?

It is not the first time that Barroso speaks differently to different audiences.

While in the European Parliament he left the impression that he wants a weak European Council President as defined by the Lisbon Treaty, in a discussion at the Friends of Europe today he is pledging for a strong European Council President as fellow Twitterer pstrempel reports live from the event here and here.

So what does Barroso actually want - and does he know himself?


Dave Keating said...

Perhaps what he means is he wants a strong EC president, as long as he takes a back seat to himself!

Grahnlaw said...

Why has nobody proposed Vaclav Klaus?

Julien Frisch said...

@ David

Supposedly. :-)

@ Grahnlaw

May then Klaus should better get his footnote... :-D

Eurosocialiste said...

That's typical of Barroso. He's a chameleon, adapting his discourse to each public. In the end, it just means he's a good actor but has no convictions. But that's the way the EU heads of state chose it to be.

pstrempel said...

Today's EUObserver newsletter:

09.10.2009 - 17:33
EU Council president must manage national leaders, says Barroso

08.10.2009 - 17:31
Barroso fears powerful 'European president'

These articles nicely show how Barroso contradicts himself.