Boas verdades na “The Economist” (sugiro a leitura integral do artigo)
[…]The Brussels machine is not a government. Rather, it is designed to generate compromise and consensus, usually through a slow-moving legislative process. National leaders tend to appoint pliable and second-rate commissioners. Nobody should be surprised when the institution fails to respond well.
The air in Brussels is now thick with a feeling of fin de régime. The commission is tired. Legislative work, for instance on the next steps to create a banking union, has more or less stopped, pending the German election in September. It may be hard to do much afterwards as the European Parliament prepares for next May’s European elections. Then the horse-trading for Brussels jobs will begin in earnest: by the autumn of 2014 the EU must find replacements for Mr Barroso and Mr Van Rompuy, as well as a new foreign-policy supremo (currently Catherine Ashton). Add to the mix the next secretary-general of NATO and, perhaps, a permanent head of euro-zone finance ministers.
[apesar do que foi dito lá acima, a revista acha que] The role of commission president remains crucial. The euro may have been saved for now, but much still has to be done. To judge from the ugly mood among leaders, Mr Barroso cannot expect the third term that he sometimes hints at. A new referee will surely be called in for the game’s second half.
Um Durão Barroso “vergável” perdeu, mesmo assim, as hipóteses de renovar. A falta de independência não compensa.