European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are urging shifting from a rotating president of the European Union to making it a permanent position. “We need a president of the Council(the institution representing all EU member states) that does not change every six months,”said Mr. Barroso. The European Union needs a sense of permanency and a leadership that will assert the collective might and ideas of all members. Barraaso is interested in having Sarkozy serve as the president of the European Union on a permanent basis, but it is still unclear if the French president would be willing to surrender his present leadership of the French nation.
The European Union has evolved into a powerful coalition of 27 nations, but it is time to move on to the next stage of a united nation composed of its federal units. The world needs a powerful EU, particularly at a time when the United States might wind up with a John McCain presidency. The world needs a powerful alternative to the United States which is floundering and confused.