Reuniting Europe

Stakes are high that Sergei Stanishev, (outgoing) leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and (still) President of PES, the Party of European Socialists, will be his country candidate for EU Commissioner.
Boyko Borissov, former Prime Minister said bets that Stanishev will be the Bulgarian candidacy, to be announced by the outgoing Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski. Borissov is better informed than me on home issues.

Oresharski said he will resign on 23 July. He also said he will attend the extraordinary 16 July EU summit, where top EU jobs will be discussed.
In an article I wrote for the Bulgarian press, I appealed for the President Rossen Plevneliev to represent Bulgaria at the 16 July summit. I also suggested that political forces should agree before that for a candidate. Current Bulgarian Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, current Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, appears to be a strong candidate for the next EU executive and it would be logical that Bulgaria would bank on her.
Stanishev made many mistakes, the biggest being the attempt to appoint Delyan Peevski, a shady power broker, as head of the country’s law-enforcement agency. Another has been to accept a government formula with the support of the extremist Ataka party. Further mistakes included waging an all-out war with political opponents inside the Bulgarian left, which brought anxiety and despair among the supporters of this political force.
When I wrote the article I wasn’t aware of the date of the resignation of the Prime Minister. It looks absurd that Bulgaria would be represented by an outgoing prime minister. Bulgaria has a long-standing practice that its President attends EU summits. Especially if there is a good reason for it.
In the meantime, yesterday (5 July) a forum of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) was held, where a decision was taken that a Congress (the highest decision-making structure) would be convened on 27 July to elect a new leader, and that Stanishev was not going to be a candidate again.
This basically means that for Stanishev, it’s game over in Bulgaria. But does it mean that he should be given another chance to follow up at EU level?
It’s very much in the hands of Oresharski, and of Jean-Claude Juncker. The future Commission President may just mechanically take up the candidacies from capitals and play the (Russian) roulette gamble with the hearings in Parliament. Or Mr. Juncker could say: Stanishev is not a good candidate for the project I intend to lead.

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