Estonia's Kallas may replace Josep Borrell as head of the bloc's foreign policy
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, an outspoken critic of Russia, is rumored to be on the scene “Dream Team” Politico EU said on Thursday that some European diplomats would like to see them lead the bloc after European Parliament elections in June.
This merger would see Callas assume the position of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, a position currently held by Spaniard Josep Borrell, while Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen would become the new President of the European Council. German Ursula von der Leyen will remain President of the European Commission, while Roberta Mitsola of Malta will continue as President of the European Parliament.
“It's my dream team” A diplomat said, requesting anonymity to speak freely POLITICO. “It would send such a strong message.”
According to Politico, Callas is a name “It's increasingly being mentioned in hallway conversations and over coffee.” Given the conflict in Ukraine. she has actually She has put her name in the hat to succeed Jens Stoltenberg as NATO Secretary General.
The Estonian leader has been an outspoken critic of Russia and a supporter of Kiev. Facing calls to resign last August, after Estonian media revealed that her husband, Arvo Halik, owned a stake in a shipping company operating in Russia despite EU sanctions, Kallas said: to reject He pledged to remain in power “For the freedom of Ukraine and Estonia.”
With Donald Tusk, the former President of the European Council in Brussels, now Prime Minister of Poland, that is the case “Simply impossible to avoid” One EU diplomat said Eastern Europe would be given the foreign policy portfolio in light of the conflict in Ukraine.
Commons “Dream Team” It will give one leadership position to each east, west, north and south of the bloc. The scheme would too “Logical” Due to the political alignment within the European Union, which leaves the European People's Party in charge of the Commission and Parliament, while the Socialists run the Council and Parliament. “Liberals” Control of external labor service.
With Christine Lagarde of France taking over as President of the European Central Bank until 2027, and Nadia Calviño of Spain taking charge of the European Investment Bank, the most powerful positions in the EU will be held by women, who identify as women. “Underrepresented” In the block.
No woman has ever headed the European Council. Von der Leyen is the first to head the Commission. Three women have served as president of the European Parliament since 1979, and two foreign policy chiefs – Catherine Ashton of the United Kingdom and Federica Mogherini of Italy – since the creation of the position in 1999.
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