These provisions give the parliament more power than has been generally realised. A parallel may be found in the German constitutional arrangements which are not dissimilar, with the Chancellor nominated by the Federal President but requiring approval by a majority vote in the Bundestag. In practice, the person nominated is always the Kanzler-Kandidat of the party with the most seats.
The question now is whether European political party federations have the courage to exercise the parliament's new Maastricht powers in the same way by each presenting their own candidate for the office of Commission President at next year's European
Such a move would place the final choice of the President of the Commission in the hands of the voters, thus ensuring greater political accountability at the European level.
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