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The Democratic Deficit Europeans Vote, Merkel Decides

Before the European Parliament election last month, voters were told the poll would also determine the next Commission president. In a silent putsch against the electorate, Angela Merkel is now impeding the process. She fears a loss of power and Britain's EU exit.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Translated from the German by Charles Hawley and Daryl Lindsey