Towards the end of 2014, the EU gets a new Commission president. The European Parliament has demanded that he or she should be chosen from a pool of candidates standing in this May's EU-wide elections. On this principle, the frontrunners would be: Jose Bove (Green), Guy Verhofstadt (Liberal), Jean-Claude Juncker (Christian Democrat), Martin Schulz (Socialist), Ska Keller (more Green), Alexis Tsipras (Left). Don't worry if you've never heard of them, because soon you won't hear about much else: most governments are dead-set against the principle. Herman Van Rompuy who chairs their summits has spoken out against the principle. A battle is brewing. Next month, we'll profile them and the rest of the fabulous array of characters vying to fill positions in Brussels.