By a process that makes Afghan, Iranian, and Zimbabwean elections look democratic, yesterday the EU chose Belgian Prime Minister, Herman van Rompuy to be its president.
Baroness Catherine Ashton, who is currently Commissioner for Trade, got the foreign affairs post.
According to the BBC:
Both are seen as consensual politicians with limited foreign policy experience. Both had unanimous backing from the 27 EU leaders at the summit in Brussels, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.
Earlier, the UK government had said it was no longer pushing for former PM Tony Blair to get the presidency post. Mr Van Rompuy, 62, had crucial French and German support. He has a reputation as a coalition builder, having taken charge of the linguistically divided Belgian government and steered it out of a crisis.
If we’re going to have a president of the EU, shouldn’t he be democratically elected by the people, and not selected in a shady backstairs deal by politicians?