The image of the ‘Woman Riding The Beast’
Ministers ponder creation of EU super-president
20.04.12 @ 09:16
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BRUSSELS – Ideas kicking around in a reflection group of select EU foreign ministers include merging the roles of the EU Council and European Commission presidents.

A senior EU source told this website following a meeting of the club in the Val Duchesse stately home in Brussels on Thursday (19 April) that the new supremo would have more power than either Herman Van Rompuy or Jose Manuel Barroso do today but also more “democratic legitimacy” because he or she would be elected by MEPs.

In other reforms, the new figure would “streamline” the European Commission into a two-tier structure.

Every EU country would still have its own commissioner with their own vote in the college of 27 top officials.

But as in certain national administrations, some commissioners would have more than one dossier while others would be the equivalent of ministers without portfolio.

The new super-president would also chair General Affairs Councils (GACs) – monthly meetings of foreign ministers which discuss internal Union affairs.

“I have heard experts who say that it [the Van-Rompuy-Barroso merger] could be done without changing the [Lisbon] Treaty … there is no appetite for a new Treaty,” the EU source said.

The EU Council President post was created by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.

But the Lisbon architecture is messy: Van Rompuy, for instance, oversees debate on EU fiscal reform, while Barroso’s commission puts forward its own ideas and implements final decisions.

Van Rompuy and Barroso also represent the Union at international summits.

But Van Rompuy is top dog in terms of protocol, while the EU “high representative” – Catherine Ashton – does day-to-day foreign relations.

Manwhile, the GAC – an increasingly important policy-making body – is still chaired by a national minister from the rotating EU presidency.

The reflection group was formed by German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle in Berlin in March.

It plans to meet two more times before the summer recess and to circulate a discussion paper at EU27-level in September.

The other countries in the club are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The French minister did not attend Thursday’s session, however.

The Val Duchesse event also included talks on “eurobonds” – the idea of mutualising EU government debt, a controversial one in Germany, where voters are hostile to paying more to borrow money so that weaker economies in the south can pay less.

“It could be acceptable for new projects but not to guarantee bad ones from the past, or old bad debt,” the EU source said.

SECTION Institutional Affairs
TAGS Belgium Euro European Parliament External Action Service Germany
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The image of the ‘Woman Riding The Beast’ will replace pictures of windows and doors on Euro banknotes as a security and deocrative feature. She will first appear on the €5 note in May 2013, with other notes introduced in ascending order in the next few years. Europa’s face will be shown as a watermark and as a hologram. Until now, Euro notes carried pictures of windows and doors in various architectural styles in a symbol of openness designed not to offend national sensibilities. The new notes will also carry an emerald-coloured number. The first series of banknotes will circulate alongside the old ones. But the old notes, first introduced in 2002, will eventually cease to be legal tender.
“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:3)

The image of the ‘Woman Riding The Beast’ also appears on a huge painting in the European Parliament building and is a huge sculpture outside the European Union Council of Ministers Office, both located in Brussels, Belgium.

Each of the European Union member states were given the opportunity to design their own coinage, so not all Euro coins having the same monetary value bear like images. The “2 Euro” issued by Greece and the “5 Euro” (a collectable coin) issued by the Netherlands have the image of the ‘Woman Riding The Beast’. The center of both coins where the image appears is cast in gold. A possible reference to the ‘golden calf/false idol’ constructed by Aaron in Exodus 32:


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