Richard North, 29/06/2004  

Jose Manuel Durao Barroso has accepted the nomination as the next European Commission president, and is due to be anointed by the heads of state and government today. He vowed to make the EU "stronger, even more cohesive and just, and more intervening on the international scene".

His appointment is likely to be a foregone conclusion, as there is no other credible candidate in sight. Even Chirac has swallowed his pride and, through gritted teeth, declared, "I would vote for him with pleasure."

But now, as Helen as pointed out in her earlier Blog click here, the horse-trading now starts as Germany and France push for their man to be appointed as the "super-commissioner" for economic affairs. And with them having conceded on the president, it is unlikely that they will be denied their choice.

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