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Commission drama, impeachment battles, countries struggling to leave and join the EU, and fights over transparency in politics — they’re all here in our latest episode.
France’s Commission pick Sylvie Goulard is out. It’s a big blow to Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen and French President Emmanuel Macron, who proposed the former MEP to take on a beefed-up internal market portfolio. David Herszenhorn, POLITICO’s chief correspondent, and Andrew Gray, EU editor, look at the stories of score-settling and revenge that lie behind this drama.
U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordan Sondland finds himself at the center of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. Rym Momtaz, Matt Karnitschnig weigh in on the repercussions for the EU. Will Trump’s man in Brussels still have time to focus on the day job? And Matt gives his colorful take on Boris Johnson’s Brexit phone call with Angela Merkel and the prospect of Albania and North Macedonia joining the EU.
Our feature interview is with German MEP Daniel Freund, of the Greens/European Free Alliance group. The activist-turned-politician spent the previous five years at NGO Transparency International, advocating for greater integrity and transparency in EU institutions. Now Freund faces the challenge of turning his ideas into reality inside the European Parliament.
Next week it’s the European Council — yay! — and we’ll have a special edition on Friday next week, wrapping up the summit and taking you behind the scenes.