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9th Apr 2020

Germany wants EU "kaiser" says British Europe minister

The British Europe minister Denis MacShane has accused Germany of wanting an all-powerful "kaiser" at the top of the European Union. In an interview with the Financial Times Mr MacShane attacked the German proposal for a much stronger head of the European Commission, saying that this would decrease the importance of national governments.

Germany's foreign minister Joschka Fischer is pushing for the idea of one person to be the head of the European Commission and European Council. Britain is clearly against this plan, however it would support the proposal for the European Parliament to elect the head of the Commission.

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"I was very struck at Copenhagen by how France completely lined up with Blair on the necessity for an elected chairman for the European Council of Ministers, whereas the German position is for giving all power to a new kind of European kaiser, a Commission president who will tell all the other European institutions what to do," Mr MacShane told the Financial Times.

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