As you may or may not know, every six months one of the Member States of the European Union assumes the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union (also known as Council of Ministers). In practice, this means that the current government of the presiding Member State determines the agenda of the aforementioned Council, sets a work program aimed at enhancing the policies of the European Union, and chairs the planned meetings.
Politicians diplomatically say that this is an occasion for each Member State to exercise leadership and to promote policies it is truly committed to. The sad reality, however, is that it has very little significance. When Malta, for example, was presenting the report on its Presidency before the European Parliament in July 2017, only about 30 out of the 751 Members of the European Parliament attended the sitting. The President of the European Commission famously told the European Parliament: “You are ridiculous…If [Malta’s PM] was Ms Merkel or Mr Macron, we would have a full house.” Read More