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Spitzenkandidat System


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.


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


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


In 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker became commission president because the European Parliament pushed him as Spitzenkandidat. But that flawed system may not survive the 2019 …