29.9, 1830 – Günther Oettinger (Digital)


Political Flair 7 / 10
Credibility 7 / 10
Energy 7 / 10
Warmth 5 / 10
Ability to connect with people outside Brussels 5 / 10
Likelihood of being approved by the EP 9 / 10
Overall rating 7 / 10

Filling Neelie Kroes’ shoes was never going to be easy. The fact that the gaffe prone Gunther Oettinger was put forward for the job should at least keep the headlines ticking over. Oettinger will have a tough job ahead of him breaking down barriers to a true single telecoms market, but made a big play of his experience in the energy market and that (early) part came across as okay. He was less convincing when actually talking about things like, The Internet. It was a bit like your Dad at points. So like many seasoned Brussels figures, good on the big picture, big jargon, but when it got down to brass tacks, very specific questions about policy or products or people, it all went a bit flat. It should be enough for these MEPs though. But for those outside the room, there was no real vision or insights.

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