European Commission: Macronists plant Ursula Von der Leyen

16 April 2024 / Radouan Kourak

The announcement of the withdrawal of Markus Pieper from his post as emissary within the European Commission highlights the political tensions and pressures exerted by certain actors within the European Union. The European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, as well as the very macronist Renew Europe group, have been at the center of this controversy, fueling speculation about the nomination processes and political struggles within the EU.

Markus Pieper, a member of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), was chosen to occupy the post of envoy for small and medium-sized businesses within the European Commission. However, this decision was contested from the start, in particular by Thierry Breton and the Renew group, who questioned the legitimacy and impartiality of the appointment.

Pieper's political proximity to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, as well as Pieper's alleged support for the president, has sparked accusations of favoritism. These criticisms were exacerbated by the fact that Pieper's appointment came just before a congress where the European People's Party (EPP), to which the CDU belongs, expressed support for a second term for von der Leyen.

Thierry Breton and the Renew group put significant pressure on Pieper's appointment to be overturned, highlighting political divisions within the European Union. The European Parliament also called for the nomination to be annulled, highlighting concerns over the transparency and fairness of the selection process.

Faced with this growing pressure, Markus Pieper finally decided to withdraw, accusing Thierry Breton of leading a political campaign against him and denouncing the partisan nature of the situation. The decision has shed a harsh light on the power struggles and political rivalries that underpin EU governance processes.

As the European Commission attempts to grapple with this controversy, the suspension of the reopening of the selection process for the position until after the European elections highlights the continuing challenges facing the European Union in terms of governance and management of human ressources.

Ultimately, Markus Pieper's withdrawal highlights the need for a fair, transparent and independent selection procedure, as well as the need to ensure that appointments within the European Commission are not influenced by political considerations. partisan.