This week, it was showtime for those nominees for the European Commission.
In-person three-hour hearings before committees of the European Parliament, the candidates, handpicked by their governments, needed to pass the final test.
Are they capable? Do they understand all the specifics of the portfolios? And exactly what are their policy thoughts awaiting?
That is exactly what the members of parliament wanted to discover.
Nevertheless, some nominees were fighting.
The hearings did something exceptional: they overshadowed the continuing Brexit saga.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a last-minute proposal into the EU to end the stalemate that the British have generated.
It is about the catchy Irish boundary situation and if there must be controls or maybe not — the notorious backstop.
Turns out Johnson can’t square the circle. His suggestion was believed only cosmetics and was shut down from EU officials.
Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that the EU remains standing entirely behind Ireland and Johnson didn’t convince Brussels.
Similar comments came in Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.
“We’ll always defend fair and free trade based on a level playing field and reciprocity. We won’t be naive, however, we’re prepared, willing and decided to company. And when a person is imposing tariffs in our aviation industry, we will do precisely the same”
As we see each week, politics are often very entertaining.
But do not mention that politics is like a circus.
That could be demeaning to an honorable business.
The European Parliament believes that the circus business ought to get more attention and be taken very seriously.
And on Thursday that the Swedish Academy declares two Nobel prize laureates for literature, one for 2018 and one for 2019 next last year’s inner controversy.