The European Union must either develop the capacity to drive and shape the global agenda or accept that the process will be driven by America and Asia.
Europe’s strength will be determined by how well it competes economically with the rest of the world, and for this reason Mandelson says the distribution of the big economic portfolios in the next European Commission are critically important. The choices of José Manuel Barroso, the Commission president, will carry much weight in defining the direction of EU policy. The new commissioners will have to be much more than quiet consensus-builders because there is little to recommend European consensus for its own sake.
Lord Mandelson is secretary of state for business.
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