Sunday, October 31, 2004

Victory to the European Parliament!

The Italian nominee to the Eurpean Commission, Rocco Buttiglione, has stepped down in the face of overwhelming opposition from the European Parliament. This is a significant victory for democracy in the EU - the European Parliament has basically acquired the power to vet and veto individual members of the Commission (rather than the Commission as a whole), and will therefore be able to enforce some minimum standards over the EU's executive.