Handelsblatt today writes that EPP and PSE have struck a deal on the head of the European Parliament for the 2009-2014 term . It is for another time that the two big groups (Europe’s ever lasting grand coalition) decided to share power among themselves.
According to Handelsblatt Jerzy Buzek from the Polish Civic Platform (PO) shall be Parliament president from July 2009. He will be succeeded by a Socialist, most likely group leader Martin Schulz himself in January 2012.
Obviously it is a great symbol to have a member from a “new” member state as Parliament president. Also, I heard little that would put doubt on his credentials. But the whole procedure of hammering out a deal more than a year before the elections, is more than questionable to me!