German Greens have won the right to propose the country's next EU commissioner. There has been an expectation that VDL would serve two terms. It's a canny move which will mean VDL will feel obliged to keep Greens on side for next 2.5 years.
Pilling pressure on VDL already, vice chair of Greens speculates how "cool" it would be to have a Green European Commission President
One suggestion is that VDL could secure Greens support if she agrees to stand on a transnational list at next EU elections. Thus far, debate over pan-EU lists has been killed by VDL's centre right EPP party
Either way, German Greens manoeuvre looks like a master stroke for a party that has never even had a certified EU commissioner.
VDL commission's first major move post German coalition will be to issue a green taxonomy delegated act in December which, up until now, was almost certain to include nuclear and gas under the green label which has been widely condemned by EU Greens
🇩🇪 coalition agreement will also call on the Commission to use its rule of law conditionality on the EU budget and not approve recovery fund money for countries where there are open questions about judicial independence etc. Another squeeze on VDL's approach towards 🇵🇱🇭🇺

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