Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Macron e Merkel. Duello all’ultimo sangue. Si odiano.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-06-27.

Paolo Uccello. Battaglia di San Romano. Uffizi. 001

«Acrimony mounts between France and Germany over commission job»

«EU leaders meet Sunday in an effort to get past the gridlock»

«The European Union’s center-right alliance is determined to defy French President Emmanuel Macron in the race to nominate the next EU Commission chief»

«European conservatives were enraged that Macron blocked their candidate for commission president, Manfred Weber, at last week’s summit in Brussels, and suspect he is seeking to undermine their role, even though they won the most seats in the next EU Parliament»

«The EU’s 28 national leaders are responsible for nominating the next head of the EU executive but need to find a candidate who can win the backing of the parliament in order to take office»

«So far we’ve only seen destructive proposals, …. We run the risk of entering a period of crisis management. I hope that no one wants to take that risk»

«French officials say they have no intention of putting forward their own candidate at this point because they are aware that it would only serve to give the EPP a target»

«The EPP officials said that they see Macron’s hardball tactics as part of a broader strategy to undermine their preeminence in European politics. His sarcastic comments of Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann were seen as further proof of their distrust»

«But since taking power Macron has seen his ambitions for tighter integration of the EU frustrated by opposition from mainly conservative governments in the north»

«None of the three lead candidates for the job, known as Spitzenkandidaten, have a majority and Merkel said at the summit in Brussels that “at the moment I don’t see anything changing in this.”»

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Una delle grosse poste in gioco è il Governatore della Ecb.

Weidmann’s New Hurdle in Bid for ECB Presidency Is French Irony

«Jens Weidmann’s candidacy for the helm of the European Central Bank has just been bruised by a lashing of French irony.

At a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron praised the Bundesbank head for accepting that outgoing ECB President Mario Draghi’s “whatever it takes” policy, known as OMT, is legally valid. But he also doused his compliments with sarcasm.

“I’m really happy, I mean really happy, that members who strongly opposed, who sought legal recourse, against Mario Draghi’s decisions, against the OMT and all the mechanisms, are converting, perhaps a bit late but they are converting with vigor.”

— Emmanuel Macron at the EU summit on Friday.

Weidmann this week said for the first time that OMT, a bond-buying program for stressed nations developed during the 2012 debt crisis but never yet used, is “legal” and “current policy.” He had previously opposed the measure and even testified in court against it — with the ECB on the other side of the case.

That resistance to such crisis-fighting measures has been seen as a stumbling block in his bid to replace Draghi, who leaves at the end of October. Macron has been publicly silent on Weidmann until now, even if his ministers have stated France’s preference for continuity at the ECB.»

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Staremo a vedere come andranno a finire le cose, ma tutto ‘iter si preannuncia in salita.

Infine, chi mai si ida della parola degli altri?


Bloomberg. 2019-06-26. Merkel’s Furious Allies Vow to Stop Macron’s EU Power Grab

– Acrimony mounts between France and Germany over commission job

– EU leaders meet Sunday in an effort to get past the gridlock

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The European Union’s center-right alliance is determined to defy French President Emmanuel Macron in the race to nominate the next EU Commission chief, according to senior party officials.

European conservatives were enraged that Macron blocked their candidate for commission president, Manfred Weber, at last week’s summit in Brussels, and suspect he is seeking to undermine their role, even though they won the most seats in the next EU Parliament, the officials said.

The EU’s 28 national leaders are responsible for nominating the next head of the EU executive but need to find a candidate who can win the backing of the parliament in order to take office.

The result of last month’s EU election — which saw both the center-right EPP and the Socialists lose seats — means that at least three parties will be required to install a commission president. Deteriorating relations between France and Germany are raising the stakes for an appointment that will shape the bloc’s agenda for the next five years.

The upshot is that the two sides are becoming increasingly entrenched ahead of an extra summit meeting set for this Sunday. That could lead to further delays in naming other EU officials, including a successor to European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi.

“So far we’ve only seen destructive proposals,” Weber said in an interview with European newspapers including Spain’s El Pais. “We run the risk of entering a period of crisis management. I hope that no one wants to take that risk.”

French officials say they have no intention of putting forward their own candidate at this point because they are aware that it would only serve to give the EPP a target.

The EPP officials said that they see Macron’s hardball tactics as part of a broader strategy to undermine their preeminence in European politics. His sarcastic comments of Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann were seen as further proof of their distrust.

The French leader swept to power in 2017 without the backing of a mainstream party and decimated the country’s establishment parties in the process. But since taking power Macron has seen his ambitions for tighter integration of the EU frustrated by opposition from mainly conservative governments in the north.

High-Handed

The EPP and its allies are wary of taking on responsibility for the financial liabilities racked up by member states in the south with weaker public finances. They’ve also been riled up by Macron’s personal style, which at times is considered high-handed.

Germany’s Christian Democrats, the biggest group within the EPP, insisted Monday that they are sticking to Weber as their candidate.

However, Chancellor Angela Merkel, the other key figure in this negotiation, signaled last week that his bid may not have much of a future. None of the three lead candidates for the job, known as Spitzenkandidaten, have a majority and Merkel said at the summit in Brussels that “at the moment I don’t see anything changing in this.”

A French official said that Macron’s stance is simply a reflection of the diminished power of the EPP following its election result.

“The process was blocked because political families considered that the initial agreements gave them certain entitlements,” Macron told reporters at last week’s summit. “Those commitments are lifted tonight and that allows the process to be restarted.”

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