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Dave Keating
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is an American journalist based in Brussels covering European politics for France24.

This year’s shambles around appointing Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission President shown just how absurd the system has become.


On November 1, the UK was supposed to have left the EU, and Ursula von der Leyen was supposed to start her job as Commission President. Neither will happen.


Boris Johnson has traded a hypothetical, temporary, all-UK backstop for a certain, permanent one for Northern Ireland only. Meanwhile, France is blocking accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. 


MEPs promised Emmanuel Macron they would take vengeance for his destruction of the Spitzenkandidat system. They’ve kept their word.


The European Parliament has rejected the Hungarian and Romanian commissioner nominees, and the Polish nominee is in serious trouble.


The new European Commission line-up signals an appetite to take on the United States, China, and Russia


The German defence minister has squeaked through by just nine votes. But it is the EU institutions, and not Von der Leyen, who are to blame.


The European Council’s pick is in serious doubt after MEPs left meetings with her this week unimpressed.


By choosing Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council has thrown down the gauntlet to the European Parliament.


Angela Merkel’s carefully-crafted compromise idea was rejected by centrist members of her EPP group, including Ireland’s Leo Varadkar.


National leaders were unable to agree this week on who to appoint for any of the EU’s top jobs.


The much-heralded far-right alliance of Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini isn’t much different from the alliance they’ve already had.


Appointing the EU’s presidents may involve a protracted fight between countries, political groups, and EU institutions.


A week of intense talks begins to decide who gets the EU’s top jobs.


With boycott campaigns, security threats and rocket attacks, this week’s Eurovision Song Contest in Israel is proving to be one of the most political in years.


Once considered a long shot, Frans Timmermans now has a real chance of becoming the next European Commission president.