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German Fin Min Schäuble: Europeans Need To Directly Elect An EU President

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In a new strong Europe where the institution are more integrated and functional, the Europeans would need to directly elect an EU President, said German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung to be published on Sunday.

According to Mr. Schäuble's revolutionary governance model, Europe should move in one of two main directions: either to have a European government that is elected by the EU Parliament, as the Bundestag elects the German chancellor; or to have an EU President that is elected directly by the European people as in France and the US.

The first option would somehow decrease the sovereignty of the Member States, while the second option would have a strong democratic legitimacy across Europe and would eventually generate a vibrant "European public sphere," he clarified.

"If we Europeans could make one of us president in a direct, democratic election, that would really be something," the report quoted him as saying.

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