Now that Jacques Delors will be European Commission president for two more years, the politicking is hot and heavy to fill the seats of the 16 other ec commissioners. Some stalwarts seem sure to stay, such as antimonopoly czar Sir Leon Brittan and single-market chief Martin Bangemann. Yet several of Europe's biggest political personalities are rumored contenders for other posts.
Neil G. Kinnock, the gadfly from the U.K.'s Labor Party, may replace Bruce Millan as regional policy chief. And former Italian foreign minister Gianni De Michelis wants to succeed Frans Andriessen as ec foreign policy commissioner. Another spot available is environment commissioner. The last one, Carlo Ripa di Meana of Italy, resigned after he refused to attend the Rio Earth Summit, complaining that the ec failed to back his positions.