This morning the news broke that PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen will step down after the PES Council and Convention this weekend. Poul has certainly moved a lot in the last eight years and deserves praise for that. But he has now decided to call it quits.
To me this announcement came as a surprise and the big question now is who should succeed Poul as PES President? I am unaware of people jockeying for position but one thing seems very clear: this will be an incredibly difficult job in times when the European Union is facing the biggest crisis since its inception and European social democracy is in difficulties too across the continent (only yesterday the Zapatero government suffered a crashing election defeat).
So who is capable and willing to take on the task of reforming European social democracy and the European Union at the same time? I haven’t heard any suggestions yet but if you have some ideas why don’t you leave some names and your reasons for why you think this person is suitable in the comment section below.