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Last time I checked the Parliament had - among the EU institutions - the highest confidence in the population. So when it comes to the Parliament appointing the Commission I don't think the population is the problem.

Or was the intended reading
A swedish kind of death:

Then the Parliament and its elected Commission can confront the Council.

Then you'd discover the unfortunate truth. They who pay the bill call the shots.

There is simply no majority in Europe to give the EU that much power over money.

But my comment applies to the normal decision making process (where much of the Councils real power stems from the collaboration of the Commission). Today we get a Council+Commission proposal that with the narrowest of margins has to pass the Parliament, with a Commission appointed in real terms by the Parliament we would get a Parliament+Council proposal that has to pass the Council. It changes the dynamics within the current treaties.

I suspect what you are refering to is the crisis managment that falls with the ECB and the member countries - in and outside Council meetings. That will not change until we get the Parliament to appoint a majority in the ECB board or a federal treasury or something like that. This would take treaty changes that currently would never be proposed, never mind accepted.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 at 04:11:54 AM EST
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