I don’t think there has been a bigger agreement in the European Parliament and the European Commission that the time to reform Europe, in order to save it, has come. Pity then that the result is as drastic as rearranging the deck chairs on Titanic.
Remember the election slogan “This time it’s different”? It was the promise we voters got. Now was the end of shady backroom deals. But this was a highly polished version of the truth. To use a mild euphemism. Because the fact is that there has never been more backroom dealing like the one we’ve seen these past weeks and the winners are the usual suspects and the losers us voters, subsequent loss of respect for [European] democracy can be considered as collateral damage.
So what we have now is a Commission president that seemingly didn’t want the job, that wasn’t on any ballot and is being sent to an institution that seemingly despairs his arrival.
But as a gloomy reality we live in for the moment and the fact that institutions appear at their worst as this backroom dealing is done this is still the best opportunity we’ve had in a long time to reform the EU.