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Interesting report by @EPInstitutional & @PDurandOfficiel on #EP2019 elections, in particular on the need for more #genderbalance, reform of @EUCouncil and of the #spitzenkandidat system, and the role of #Europeanparties.
BUT.... a short thread 👇 1/9…
#Genderbalance is essential and political parties must be required to submit *gender-alternate* lists, where no two consecutive candidates can be of the same gender. This is one more reason to harmonise voting modalities at the EU level and not leave them up to Member States. 2/9
Our voting system must be reformed to ensure not only proportionality, but also a close link between citizens and MEPs. Lists of 30, 40 or 90 candidates are the best way for citizens to have no information about MEPs beyond their party affiliation. 3/9…
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The #Spitzenkandidat process is in its death throes, after the other big groups in the European Parliament declined to endorse the EPP's Manfred Weber, & leaders at last week's #EUCO European Council (apart from Merkel) discarded it.

This is a Good Thing. 1/20
The Spitzenkandidaten idea was: voters elect President of European Commission by proxy, with European Parliament a sort of electoral college counting the votes for pan-EU political parties; this would democratise the system and bring voters closer to EU's leadership. 2/20
In fact, it hasn't worked out like that. Here's why. 3/20
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Thread on #EUtopjobs. There was a lot of frustration at not having sorted out the top jobs on Thursday/Friday. But Merkel was right to be sanguine. The chart below demonstrates the sheer complexity of trade-offs that the leaders are having to contend with. #EUCO
This simply demonstrates the minimum requirements for each category, at least in theory. It doesn't mean the @EPP has to provide two women candidates or that @TheProgressives' candidate has to come from a small member state.
For comparison, here's how EU leaders resolved these competing priorities in 2014. But that was somewhat less complex than now. For one, @RenewEurope didn't have the same strength and weren't in a position to expect a role. Second, the gender issue was less salient.
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The democratic swindle of the #spitzenkandidat .
(expanded version).
#democracy #EUelections2019…
"Legally, the European Council makes the proposal, and the Parliament votes on it. The Treaty does NOT say that the European Council may propose only candidates who have been presented before as spitzenkandidat. Such process would illegally limit the European Council’s power.
The European Parliament cannot claim simultaneously that it imposes the parameters applied to choose the candidates and then votes on them. There must be a balance between the two institutions and the Spitzenkandidat system does not respect it."
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By the end of this month you will have to take a crucial decision about the very soul of Europe.

👉 People in Europe want to go forward not backward

👉 They want equality

👉 They want cooperation

👉 They want sustainability

✊ We need to be on their side ✊
Our middle classes are suffering and shrinking.

We need to fix this by creating responsible fiscal systems.

We need major corporations to pay fair taxes.

And we need to increase wages for the middle classes.
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