Schadenfreude retired hurt after his memory failed and he mistakenly asserted that the (British Conservative dominated) Conservatives and Reformist Group in the European Parliament was not a duly constituted “Group”. It is.
He therefore could only watch with mounting despair the fracas surrounding the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker to be President of the European Commission.
Britain went to political war, asserting that the man is a federalist, and therefore fatal to the British plan for European Union reform. But…
Mr Juncker was approved by the European Parliament and was nominated by its majority.
Several Member States, including the British mainland, use forms of the ultra-democratic Proportional Representation in their election of Members of the European Parliament.
The Heads of State and Government, who by near-unanimity, selected Mr Juncker, are democratically elected and are responsible to their parliaments.
Mr Juncker’s nomination by Heads of State and Government was confirmed by vote of the European Parliament.
At every stage in a prolonged procedure, democracy was respected.