Our New, um, Government November 26, 2009Posted by Tomboktu in Uncategorized.
Actually, I’m not writing about a new government in the traditional sense of that word, but about the make up of the new European Commission, which was finalised today. (The portfolios have not yet been sorted, though.)
Three European-level political have seats in the new Commission: the EPP (of which Fine Gael is a member), ALDE (of which, more recently, Fianna Fáil has become a member) and the renamed S&D, of which Labour is a member.
The distribution of seats is not good for the Left. Although S&D won twice as many seats as the ALDE in the European Parliament elections last June (184 for S&D to 84 for ALDE), they have fewer seats in the new Commission: 6 out of the 27 for the S&D against 8 for the ALDE.
With only a third of the members coming from the S&D, the next Commission is not going to be good for those of us on the Left.
The list is here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8378401.stm)