There is one thing which the Danish commentariat can agree on: Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants to be the first President of the European Council. Or something like that. I won’t even bother to search for links because these stories pop up in Danish media once or twice per week and have been doing so for some time and a large part of your credibility as a political commentator in Denmark lies in the ability to look into the nearest camera and declare that “Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants to leave Danish politics in favour of an international top job before the next election” in a deep voice.
Be that as it may, the good citiziens of Europe are of a different opinion. According to the Financial Times
more than three-quarters of people surveyed in France, Italy and Spain believe the job must go to a high-profile figure who can represent the Union effectively – a view which was also supported by 50 per cent of Britons.
Being the Prime Minister of Denmark obviously does not meet that qualification although Mr. Fogh (should his wish be to become EU President) might take some solace from this:
Although the poll suggests there is a strong preference among people in western Europe for a high-profile candidate, there is no consensus on who the EU president should be.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Tony Blair, the former British premier, are the only two politicians who get a clear level of support in countries that are not their own.
I would still put my money on Jean-Claude Juncker, though. After all, Luxembourg is a member of the EMU.