Global Affairs: EU's brow-raising key appointments

Recent appointments to a slew of European Union positions herald a move away from accountability and inclusiveness, and a return to the dominant Franco-German axis in the group.

LONDON • "Habemus papam", or "We have a Pope". For over 600 years, this has been the unchangeable opening line in the announcement made from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican in Rome, revealing the name of the person chosen to lead the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholic believers.

No explanation is ever provided on either how or why a new pope is chosen. And no appeal is made to the congregation to accept the new pope; total loyalty is expected, and invariably given.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2019, with the headline 'EU's brow-raising key appointments'. Print Edition | Subscribe