Could Orban take over the EU Council?

ER Editor: The Politico piece below leaves us with a curious question: why on earth would current President of the EU Council Charles Michel step down from his job and run for election in June 2024 as a mere MEP if he doesn’t have to?

He’s been the PM of Belgian as well as head of the EU Council, the body representing all 27 EU members. Stepping down would give the much-hated (by the globalists) Orban a chance to take the reins of the EU Council from early June until November, which is when Michel’s mandate as Council head would have finished.

This is shades of Frans Timmermans, stepping down from an EU Commissioner role to run in the Dutch elections. Who puts themselves through this climb-down willingly to run in elections they could very well lose, even if a seat is being vacated for them? It’s as if some of the top people are being pushed out. Perhaps they have been already and we’re seeing theatrics.

From, January 6 —

Charles Michel announced possible departure in July

Charles Michel is running for the elections to the European Parliament in June. He will therefore leave his post of President of the European Council in mid-July if elected. That’s what Michel says in a Saturday-published interview with the Belgian newspaper The standard.


With Charles Michel indicating he will contest a seat in the European Parliament in the June election, EU leaders are scrambling to avoid Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gaining outsize influence over the Council | Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

That scenario — an unchecked Orbán ruling the Council roost for the six months directly after the 2024 European election — is one most of the other 26 leaders of EU countries would be desperate to avoid, given escalating tensions between them and Orbán, for example over the Union’s support for Ukraine and Hungary’s rule-of-law infractions. (ER: Or because Orban has a chance to put a bomb under these people?)

It’s the first time a sitting Council president will be a candidate in a European parliamentary election. Michel would normally have stayed on in the job until the end of November, when the new College of Commissioners would be installed. While Michel’s move is legally kosher, it piles extra pressure on European leaders, as they usually have more time for wheeling and dealing during the great top-job carve up that always comes after the five-yearly EU ballots.

After the parliamentary election is held June 6-9 in all 27 of the EU’s countries, European leaders are scheduled to meet on June 17 and again on June 27-28. It will be at these meetings that they are likely to seek to come to an agreement on a replacement for Michel — though the role of European Council chief would normally be one that’s part of the protracted horse-trading among political groupings after the election results become clear, and as they seek to divide among themselves the various top EU jobs.




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