April 22, 2008
Maybe the German daily “Handelsblatt” got it completely wrong (at least no other newspaper or agency has re-published the news yet). Anyway, the newspaper claims to know that the leaders of the two largest political groups in the EP have agreed on who will become the next president of the European Parliament.
Most speculations currently are about who will become first permanent president of the European Council. But in addition to the two president jobs (Commission + Council) and the “foreign minister” there is also the post of president of the European Parliament which needs to be filled after the European elections next year.
Handelsblatt seems to know already that former Polish foreign minister and MEP Jerzy Buzek will become the next president of the European Parliament. According to the article, this deal would potentially allow PSE leader Martin Schulz to follow Jerzy Buzek, as Hans-gert Pöttering and Martin Schulz would mean two Germans in a row, something not imaginable to be agreed on.
The original Handelsblatt article: Neuer Präsident des Europäischen Parlaments steht fest
The Handelsblatt comment on the same subject: Zurück in Europa
UPDATE 16 h: Martin Schulz denies in a press release that there has been any agreements or talks