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The Making of a European President

Authors: Priestley, Julian, Schollgen, Gregor, Peñalver García, Nereo

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This book tells the inside story of Europe's first presidential campaign, the candidates, how they were chosen, the campaign trail, the TV debates and the tense negotiations which followed. It explains what led to this new way of choosing the Commission president and what it means for the future of the EU.

About the authors

Nereo Peñalver is a European Union official, currently working at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. Previously he served as adviser to European politicians such as Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and Josep Borrell, former President of the European Parliament. He also worked for senior EU officials and at the EU delegation in Tunisia. He has Masters from the College of Europe in Bruges and from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

Julian Priestley was Secretary General of the European Parliament from 1997 to 2007, and is a former Secretary General of the Socialist group at the EP. He studied at Balliol, Oxford and is a past President of the Oxford Union. He has written extensively on European and British politics. His books include, 'Six battles that shaped Europe's Parliament' (2008) and 'Europe's Parliament; People, Politics and Places', (with Stephen Clark) (2012). He was knighted in 2007. He was special adviser to Martin Schulz' presidential campaign in 2014.

Reviews

“The authors possess a great feel for the minutiae of European politics and provide an excellent account of this important EU institutional development. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections.” (P. Kurzer, Choice, Vol. 53 (6), February, 2016)

"Well worth your time to read" - Professor JHH Weiler, President of the European University Institute, Florence and inter alia Professor, NY Law School

"This book provides a unique insight into an unprecedented event: even after many decades in politics, this campaign made me fall in love with Europe all over again. It was a first in history: a battle for Europe, but fought with words, not weapons." Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

"This book by the Parliament's former Secretary General, Julian Priestley, and Nereo Peñalver is ambitious in its scope. It places the spitzenkandidaten process and the 2014 election campaign in a wider historical perspective; the changing role of the Presidency of the Commission, its greater democratic accountability to the European Parliament and the development of European political parties. It assesses what changes now in the balance of power between the EU institutions and what might happen next time around. They have spoken to all of those who played key roles, both in pushing the idea of a presidential campaign and in the elections themselves. And they tell the story of a profound change in the way the EU picks its leadership." Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

"Last June, the European Union had a constitutional coup that changed forever the political balance of power within it in favour of openness and democracy. No more will the EU presidency be a retirement bonus for failed or feeble prime ministers, but instead will be fought for across the EU by Euro pean parties promoting their political vision via a chosen standard bearer, all designed to win a majority in the Euro pean Parliament (EP) electoral college. How this came to pass and why it went virtually unnoticed is the subject of this succinct study." - Glynn Ford, Tribune


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Prologue

    García, Nereo Peñalver (et al.)

    Pages 1-2

  • The Fragile State of the Union, 2014

    García, Nereo Peñalver (et al.)

    Pages 3-8

  • Take Me to Your President, or What Is the Role of the President of the Commission?

    García, Nereo Peñalver (et al.)

    Pages 9-37

  • A Modest Proposal: How the Idea of Lead Candidates Emerged

    García, Nereo Peñalver (et al.)

    Pages 38-58

  • The Idea Enters the Political Arena

    García, Nereo Peñalver (et al.)

    Pages 59-74

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Making of a European President
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47674-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137476746
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47673-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 218
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