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First step towards ‘directly elected EU president’

In Europe News on April 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

By The Telegraph

The European Parliament took a first step on Tuesday towards half a billion Europeans directly electing the EU president, with a vote to introduce a second ballot from which the leader would emerge.

Come next elections in 2014, the parliament’s constitutional affairs committee wants voters across the 27 European Union states to pick 751 constituency MEPs in essentially national contests, but now also 25 super MEPs from an EU-wide list of candidates.

The bill’s sponsor, Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff, told AFP on Tuesday that his plans are based in no small part on experience in Scotland, where a second, regional list effectively decides the identity of its head of government.

“The second vote is used by the parties as a way of electing the First Minister,” said Mr Duff. “Alex Salmond’s Scottish National Party have used this already to good effect,” stating…

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