riennevaplus 5pts I think he is an excellent choice. Having been involved in Forza Italia is not negative and his CV indicates that he is a pragmatist rather than an idealist. And pragmatists are more useful for public office than (rhetorical) idealists. Of course he will have no involvement with the UK negotiations but could have a sobering effect on mr Verhofstad when needed. Whoever holds the leash is more important than the dog (Old Chinese proverb).