September 23, 2013
Now that she has won a third mandate as Chancellor, Angela Merkel might decide to give more impetus to the European project.
Merkel has argued that a treaty change could help enforce fiscal rules to avoid repeats of the debt crises plaguing members of the eurozone. Even those who reject federalism agree that without further integration the Eurozone would continue to be at risk.
Under Helmut Kohl, who was Merkel’s teacher in politics, Germany relinquished the Deutsch Mark. But the Chancellor of Germany remained a political embodiment of Europe, more than Barroso, Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton altogether.
But the big question is – would Merkel agree that strong new leaders of the EU institutions be elected, and given more powers? Or would she instead have the present garden dwarfs replaced by other garden dwarfs?
We will find out soon. If a grand coalition is built, chances would be stronger that Martin Schulz, the social democrat President of the European Parliament, be elected as the PES candidate for Commission President. And his choice as German Commissioner would be probably carved in the coalition agreement.
A firebrand PES contender for Commission President would put pressure on EPP to come up with an equally strong personality, not from Germany, naturlich. This would be already a good beginning for the European election campaign.
This blogpost had an evolution during the day: