BrusselsViewPoint Europe’s 2019 Moments – EU leadership dealings broadcast on Facebook

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Denise Grech takes a glimpse at the most memorable moments in Europe this year.

In October, a marathon summit was held in Brussels that was set to decide who the next leaders of the three main EU institutions should be. On one of the many long nights of the summit, former vice-president of the Socialists & Democrats goes off to meet Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, in a final bid to secure the post of Commission President.

Borissov and Timmermans are both very different characters. Timmermans spent years in Brussels building a reputation as a polished diplomat and a sophisticated power player. Borissov, on the other hand, is a former fireman and club bouncer who isn’t impressed by bureaucrats and polyglots.

The two came together in the Bulgarian diplomat mission to discuss negotiations on who will lead the Parliament and the Commission. Unbeknownst to them, however, the exchange was being broadcast on Facebook live.

Borisov, representing the centre-right’s European People’s Party tells the S&D that the EPP will give them the Commission if they get to keep Parliament. Borisov then lists a number of priorities for Bulgaria, including becoming part of the Schengen zone.

The Facebook live broadcast goes on, until Timmermans realises and says: “I understand what you’re saying, I’m just not sure we should be recording all of this.” The screen then goes dark.

Of course, things eventually played out differently: Ursula von der Leyen became leader of the Commission and David Sassoli now heads the European Parliament.

But for a few fleeting minutes, we got a glimpse at the backroom dealings that take place between the EU’s most powerful players.

The 2019 Brussels View Point European Moments can be accessed here. 

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