Who will lead the new Europe? The summit of heads of state and government opens tonight in Brussels and officially starts the game of the appointments of the heads of the Community institutions. At stake are five super seats: that of the President of the Commission, of the EU Council, of the High Commissioner for Foreign Policy, of the President of Parliament and of Mario Draghi's successor, who in November will leave the leadership of the ECB.
In the partition, we will have to take into account the new majority in the European Parliament where for the first time since 1979 the two great political families - center-right and social democrats - no longer have the numbers to drive alone in tandem and will have to broaden the alliance: liberals, and probably to the Greens. So much so that the Liberals of the Alde have already nominated the Danish Margrethe Vestager as president of the EU Commission in opposition to the popular Weber and the socialist Timmermans. But it is not only the balance of power between political formations but also those between states that weigh on final decisions.