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Von der Leyen - if confirmed as new European Commission President - will not bring winds of change. A Merkel loyalist, true Christian Democrat, conservative europhile. She’s thought likely to try to promote more women though. As for #Brexit .. /1
Remember the Commission negotiated on behalf of EU member states. Commission President doesn’t have legal power to change that negotiating mandate /2
Since U.K. gov signed off on the Withdrawal Agreement back in November, the only ones who can change the content are EU national leaders, not the Commission /3
And what these days of haggling and indecision amongst leaders about these EU top jobs shows us is that while France and Germany are still powerful, they are not ALL-powerful in EU circles anymore as unable to impose on others the plan agreed between them at G20 /4
Maybe something for new UK pm to think about ahead of planning trips to Berlin and Paris to discuss #Brexit deal renegotiation /5
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