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Spectacular lying from @ThatKatyaGirl in this tweet, so much so that it’s going to take a thread to set the record straight. #disinformation #дезинформация 1/12
No it isn’t. This is your national leaders’ candidate for chairperson of the European Commission, who will have to be approved or rejected by your democratically elected European Parliament by majority vote. 2/12
You voted for the people who will appoint her on your behalf. This is how representative democracy works. It’s how chief executives are appointed in most parliamentary systems. (But there’s a but - see end of thread.) 3/12
Um yes there is. Her nomination can be rejected by MEPs. Or, after she’s been confirmed in office, she can be dismissed by the European Parliament. Her job is no more secure than the British PM’s. 4/12
No she doesn’t. She chairs the executive body that proposes new legislation; but she doesn’t get to decide on them - that is the job of the legislature: your directly elected European Parliament, and national governments sitting in the EU Council. 5/12
I literally just explained that they can and do do that. Keep up. 6/12
NO SHE CAN’T. (Though in certain specific cases the Commission, which she will chair - if her nomination is confirmed - can adopt some kinds of legislation by derogation, just as in national governments the executive has certain powers.) 7/12
Ah. Now we get to the “but”. European federalists such as myself are unhappy at the way this nomination was made. It presents an open goal to people like Katya who want to make you believe the EU is run by an anti-democratic elite. Let me explain: 8/12
In the outgoing Commission, the President (Juncker) was the candidate of the political group in Parliament that won the most votes in the 2014 Euro elections (aka “Spitzenkandidat”). Voters had direct, not indirect, influence on his appointment. 9/12
This time, the European Council (EU national leaders meeting in intergovernmental format) ignored the Spitzenkandidat procedure - they can do this legally, but it’s a backward move in democratic terms. Parliament still gets a vote on her nomination though. 10/12
I and other European federalists advocate for a system where voters have a more direct influence on the leadership of the Commission and so its political programme. We don’t like these stitch-ups by national leaders when these roles are for all Europe & all Europeans. 11/12
Here is a thread from me explaining how European democracy works. If you’re interested in learning more, do follow or join @euromove. 12/12
PS you might also be interested in listening to the episode of the Cakewatch podcast where @GuitarMoog and I discuss federalism and European democracy. cakewatch.fireside.fm/8
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