No. The entire European Election campaign was conducted under the auspices of the Spitzenkandidat system. We were told that the next President of the European Commission would be one of the lead candidates. Either Weber of the EPP, Timmermans of the S&D, or (long shot) maybe even Verhofstadt of ALDE. That would have meant that the next President would have been first elected to the Parliament.
However, this will not now be the case and the entire campaign has been revealed to have been based on a fundamental lie. It is not democracy. Not even close.
And again you're demonstrating that you have no clue what democracy
Hint: It doesn't
mean that the most rabid fanatics just shout down everybody else and just by sheer force get whatever they want the way it's being played in the UK right now.
The European Elections first and foremost determined the seat distribution of MEPs among the running parties, and that has happened and that was an actually far more democratic process than any of the absurdly distorted national and local elections in the UK which have little to do with democracy given that routinely a majority of the votes is effectively thrown in the trash there and summarily ignored.
Back to the EU: The Spitzenkandidaten
proposal had the same function as in german elections: If you want the leader of one of the main parties as chancellor, you should probably vote for that party, but you might also vote for one of the other parties likely to vote for that desired candidate in the Bundestag
But there has never been any actual guarantee about that – the Spitzenkandidat
might still not make it if – for instance – prospective coalition partners made it a precondition to have somebody else instead and the coalition was indeed formed on that basis. That Spitzenkandidaten
-proposal is a statement of intent
given by the respective party, but as we're seeing now, other parties may force that intent to change.
And that applies specifically to the EU leaders because an unwritten but still generally sensible rule is that the main posts of the EU should be as representative of the whole of Europe as possible, regarding a whole bunch of different factors such as country, region and country group of origin, gender and political affiliation.
It is good practice to balance out those main posts in a way that there is a decent democratic representation overall across President of the Council, President of the Commission, President of the Parliament, High Commissioner for Foreign Policy and head of the ECB.
Those compromises are not easy to achieve and if you knew anything
, you'd probably be aware that the Parliament is anything but just rubber-stamping the proposals handed over by the Council of national leaders. This will get contentious and it is anything but certain that the original proposals will actually make it through the parliamentary process unscathed.
You know, the way actual democracy
tends to work.