If the heads of government or state are looking for a president of the European Council with experience and engagement in EU affairs, regardless of geography and gender, Jean-Claude Juncker, the prime minister of Luxembourg, will win hands down.
These merits were succinctly put by the speaker of the German parliament, Norbert Lammert (AFP, 13 November 2009).
You can vote for your favourite candidate, among those on offer in the Fondation Robert Schuman poll (in alphabetical order):
Jan Peter Balkenende
Herman Van Rompuy
Do you want your candidate to be chosen on European merits or other criteria?
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