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 AD.nl, January 6 —
‘I decided to participate in the 2024 European elections”, said Michel. “If I am elected, I will take my seat. The European Council can anticipate this and appoint a successor by the end of June, beginning of July.” Charles Michel (48) is a former Belgian Prime Minister and since late 2019 head of the European Council, the group of heads of government of the 27 EU Member States. On behalf of his party Mouvement Réformateur, Michel will participate as a party leader in the European parliamentary elections that will take place from 6 to 9 June.
See also this by RT —
According to EU rules, Hungary will take the Council’s rotating presidency between July and December. The timing could usher in a scenario in which “an unchecked Orban [will be] ruling the Council roost for the six months directly after the 2024 European election,” Politico noted, adding that other EU leaders would “desperately” want to avoid such an outcome.
Orban has been at odds with officials in Brussels on many fronts. The Hungarian prime minister has been critical of EU migration policy, and has consistently opposed sending arms to Ukraine, as well as its accelerated integration into the EU. He has also slammed EU sanctions against Moscow, saying they hurt the bloc’s economy.
Hungary also blocked a €50 billion aid package ($55 billion) for Kiev, which was meant to be disbursed between 2024 and 2027, while lashing out at the EU decision to freeze billions of euros in assistance to Budapest.
This all smells delightfully engineered. We wonder how successful (or not) efforts will be to replace Michel come June.
2024 is the year Russia is in charge of BRICS. This would give the white hats two steady pairs of hands, we believe, at the helms of BRICS and the EU. Exciting times.
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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