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Amid speculation over the coming challenges and changes, the one new appointment that could make or break the EU over the next five years, that of the European Council president, has been completely overlooked.How these issues are handled will affect the future and functionality of the EU.Following a five-year period of unprecedented political fragmentation in the EU, the outlook for the functionality of these institutions appears grim.After all, since the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, it has become starkly apparent that the real power in the EU lies not in the transnational precincts of the commission, but in the intergovernmental corridors of the European Council.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's leading power for the last 10 years, has been weakened.In short, none of the EU's institutions seems to be in a position to respond to the serious challenges they face. The importance of the European Council president is often overlooked. The right European Council president can act as a rudder for the entire European project.
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