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the shenanigans of Charles Michel to sack Macron’s candidate for a key post – Liberation

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After months of negotiations, Franco-Swiss Thérèse Blanchet, a lawyer with no diplomatic experience, was appointed to a crucial position in the EU, in which the Elysee wanted to place an otherwise more qualified representative. In the maneuver, the President of the European Council is therefore giving the head of state a snub.

During the informal summit in Prague on Friday, the Twenty-Seven decided to appoint the Franco-Swiss Thérèse Blanchet, Director, to the post of Secretary General of the Council of Ministers of the European Union (SC) after seven months of vacancy. set. general of the legal service since 2019 of this legislative body where the States sit. Even if this strategic position will be held for the first time by a woman, it is a default choice, the Belgian Charles Michel, president of the European Council of Heads of State and Government did everything to kill the candidacy, supported by the Elysée, from the very (too?) brilliant French Permanent Representative to the Union (PR, the equivalent of an ambassador), Philippe Léglise-Costa, who risked overshadowing him. Result of this maneuver: this position has never been held by such a weak personality, its previous holders were all very high level diplomats.

Unhealthy competition

It was last March that the Dane Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen (59) resigned from his post of Secretary General, which he held since 2015, tired of the passions of Charles Michel who threw an unhealthy competition since his appointment in 2019 . with you…

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