So Predict09 have their final prediction up. They have the European Groupings as follows:
To get Barroso elected President of the Commission, the EPP will need the support of more MEPs, but with the Spanish (20) , Portoguese (9), German (27) and UK (15) socialist bloc parties supporting him (figures are the predicted figures), and maybe bringing the new conservative grouping on side (UEN/EC) with 53 MEPs the EPP would have about 386 votes in the Parliament. Of course that is not including some of the the Non-inscrit members who could be persuaded to vote for Barroso.
Next week will see the start of meetings in “smoke-filled rooms” to try and coble together a majority in the parliament for the commission. Im sure a deal on President of the Parliament will be part and parcel of it.
It is an interesting result we are heading for, but will the prediction be accurate is the question?