Many Inconsistencies in European Parliament: Stein

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June 10 (Bloomberg) -- Gabriel Stein of Oxford Economics reacts to comments from European leaders in a press conference in Sweden following meetings on the future of the European Union. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.”

Have not reached an agreement, but i'm getting the impression that they are now trying to take the issue of the president of the commission into the long grass as long as it can be and instead try to pin down what the next commission is going to do.

Whoever becomes the president, if cameron has to give in on juncker, they will still have tried to outline the direction of the commission.

So each of them can claim victory, even in defeat.

It is very diplomatic.

It is a sequence seeing issue -- sequencing issue.

I find it amusing, david cameron is talking about the openness and the need for europe to improve its competitiveness, and that is all true.

But part of that is the free movement of people.

We know that free movement of labor is good economically.

What david cameron wants to do is he wants to control and clamp down on immigration and has promised to do so.

He has to at least sound a little firm on that.

Can i get your take on where democratic authority lies in europe?

This is interesting about where we go from here.

It is a tricky issue because the european parliament is elected by the people.

It has democratic legitimacy.

It has a claim to see itself as the repository of democratic legitimacy.

On the other hand, it is equally clear that most people who vote in parliamentary elections do not vote from a european perspective.

They vote domestically.

The council, they also have democratic legitimacy based not on the popular vote, but in the pop -- but on the popular vote in their countries.

I would say that for the moment, the council still has the upper hand, but i would also say that if you go 10, 15, 20 years forward, i would not be surprised to see the parliament successfully championing itself as the main repository of democratic legitimacy.

Or influence on the commission.

-- more influence on the commission.

It looks like they bought a little time here.

What do you think of the other candidates out there?

If not juncker, bearing in mind the european peoples policy is the biggest in the parliament.

I would've thought the prime minister of finland, who has stepped down, and said he is stepping down because he wants a european position.

As the scandinavian or nordic, it he would appeal to cameron, but he is also relatively integrationist.

That would appeal to angela merkel.

There is never been a nordic commission president, so that would go down well.

I would have to think that he would be good.

Point taken.

We will leave it there.

Gabriel, nice to see you.

For those listening on bloomberg radio, "first word" is up next.

The juncker standoff.

We will be speaking to them about what this could mean.

David cameron saying the european council should be in the driving seat.

Angela merkel saying democratic authority in the european parliament.

We will take a break.


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