The selection of candidates to lead the European Union’s top institutions has been well received. Assuming they are confirmed by the European Parliament, how should the new Eurocrats approach their jobs?
In this Big Picture, Daniela Schwarzer of the German Council on Foreign Relations advises the nominees – particularly the candidate for the European Commission presidency, Ursula von der Leyen – to address the bloc’s “democratic deficit” and internal divisions. And Philippe Legrain of the London School of Economics urges Christine Lagarde, the nominee to take over the European Central Bank presidency, to demonstrate the kind of bold, fresh thinking she has shown in the past.
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