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Should the president of the European Commission be directly elected?
The President of the European Commission should be directly elected by a popular vote.
It would make it easier for voters to keep the European Commission accountable.
The competition between
Juncker and Schultz
communicated visions for the EU among voters.
Presidential elections typically have a high voter turnout and would create democratic legitimacy at the top of EU.
It will reinforce the supranational nature of EU, helping a shift of power from the Member states (Council) to democratically elected institutions.
It would let EU citizens have a larger influence on the final composition of the Commission.
It is likely to reduce anti-EU sentiment if that anti-EU sentiment was based on the idea that the EU is an undemocratic institution.
In formal terms, the President of the European Commission doesn't yield much more power than any given member of the Commission, so there is no need to give them special treatment.
Smaller countries would not have as loud a voice as larger countries, leading to warped representation.
Presidential elections could polarize Europe.
The lack of common language would make the elections difficult for candidates and voters to participate in.
The countries in the EU differ too much for a single candidate to be able to achieve genuine popular support among the majority.
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