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Originally posted by kindred
Browns going for broke, Blairs going for Pope and Obama is all about hope. What a truly bizarre world we live in.
[edit on 8-2-2009 by kindred]
Originally posted by johnsky
Do we have any other sources on this?
I'm having an incredibly hard time believing this.
I thought in order to be a leader in the EU, you had to be from the EU.
Britain purposely did not join the EU, hence, Britain nationals wouldn't be eligible to run for the office of the EU.
Either way, I can't see the citizens of EU staying peaceful while a foreigner becomes their president.
The European Parliament is the only EU institution directly elected on a strictly European mandate. By contrast, the members of the Council of the EU, which represents member states at ministerial level, are primarily elected on a national mandate. The European Commission's mandate is to pursue the general EU interest but its individual members are designated by the national capitals, a matter which has attracted criticism from those arguing that the EU executive is a powerful yet unelected body.
Each EU member state decides how the European election is organised within its own boundaries, but all follow identical democratic rules: the system must be a form of proportional representation, minimum voting age must be 18, equality of the sexes must be respected and a secret ballot must be the electoral method.
Seats are divided proportionately to the population of each member state (see full distribution of seats on the Parliament's website). Each country has a set number of seats, the maximum being 99 (Germany) and the minimum five (Malta). The current number of MEPs (785) exceeds the agreed maximum under the current (Nice) treaty.
The proportion of female MEPs elected in 2004 was 30.2%, while in 1979 it was just 16.5%.
The 2009 elections will bring with them additional uncertainty because of the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland. If the treaty is not ratified in all member states in time for the June elections, the Nice Treaty will continue to apply. This will have a direct impact on the number of seats allocated, which in turn could disrupt the organisation of the elections at national level as it could become unclear how many seats will be up for grabs.
Under the current treaties (Nice Treaty), the total number of seats will be brought down to 736 after the 2009 election. However, if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified, the new total will be 751.
The matter is very important to the EU's member states, all of whom are keen to wield greater influence in Parliament by obtaining the highest number of seats possible. During negotiations on the Lisbon Treaty, Germany was eager to have its representation in Parliament reflect its population size and finally won the argument for keeping its total number of seats unchanged at 99. On the other hand, France and the UK had to scale down their numbers from 78 to 74 and 73 respectively in order to make room for MEPs from newer member states. And in a last-minute lobbying campaign, Italy - which currently has 78 seats like France and the UK - managed to keep its numbers at 73, up from the 72 seats it was initially offered
The Treaty will abolish the British Constitution, and therefore the nations of Britain and England, sweeping away our Westminster Parliament, and giving the EU the power to close it.
The Treaty sets up an unelected three tier politburo executive in Brussels with absolute power, a dictatorship on the soviet model. The EU parliament has no power and is a sham.