News

Merkel gives her blessing: is cunning German the new number one in Europe?

554388280bc4eac4ead3bb618a9c8ee9 - Merkel gives her blessing: is cunning German the new number one in Europe?

The chance is real that Manfred Weber, leader of the christian democrats in the European Parliament, the next president of the Commission.

The German chancellor Angela Merkel was on Tuesday two visitors on the floor in Berlin: its Bavarian compatriot Manfred Weber and Joseph Daul, the French chairman of the European people’s Party (EPP).

The German chancellor Angela Merkel was on Tuesday two visitors on the floor in Berlin: its Bavarian compatriot Manfred Weber and Joseph Daul, the French chairman of the European people’s Party (EPP).

According to German media gave Merkel her blessing to Weber to be a candidate for the role of the ‘Spitzenkandidat’ on behalf of the EPP in the next European elections in may 2019. With that commitment made by Merkel in the bag, is Weber going to very soon his candidacy officially.

Impressive network

The news confirms that Merkel will manage the election of a German president of the next European Commission, such as the Handelsblatt two weeks ago, (DS 22 August). The name of Manfred Weber popped up when all.

There had been circulating other names of potential EPP candidates, such as Michel Barnier and Alexander Stubb. The Frenchman is a former Commissioner and current EU chief negotiator for the Brexit, the Fin was until 2015, prime minister of his country, and now vice-president of the European investment Bank.

The EPP prefers its ‘Spitzenkandidat’ at a conference in Helsinki in november. The chances are that the party is the successor of Jean-Claude Juncker can deliver, since internal polls show that the EPP is the largest political group, will continue in the next Parliament.

The support of Merkel makes of Weber inevitably the big contender for the in november. The 46-year-old German is since 2004 member of the European Parliament and built an impressive network of contacts, since he in 2014 became the head of the EPP group in the European Parliament.

Hard on migration

There, he is considered a bridge-builder who managed the large group to keep together. That he is a cunning politician, he proved during the recent conflict about the German migration policy between Merkel and her minister of CSU-Internal Affairs, Horst Seehofer. Although he is vice-president of the CSU is, he chose full the side of Merkel.

In the migratiedossier – ” the open wound of the European Union’, he calls it – took Weber in recent years a hard position. He called very quickly for strict controls at the external borders and the return of illegal migrants. That means that, for example, he is the youngest Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who is also the EPP belongs to.

In January, he had to apologize for his incorrect use of words, after he called for a ‘final solution’ for the readmission clause in the EU. At the same time stresses that the EU should continue to offer ‘genuine refugees’ and argues systematically for European solutions.

Weber is also an outspoken opponent of the eventual accession of Turkey to the European Union.

Automaticity?

Within the European Council, the EU leaders will collect, not everyone is equally happy with the automaticity that made Jean-Claude Juncker in 2014 as the EPP’Spitzenkandidat’ also chairman of the Commission. It was seen as a seizure of power by the European Parliament.

In principle, the president of the European Council, after consultation with the European Parliament a candidate to push forward. But according to Der Spiegel assured Merkel that her two visitors Tuesday that they will try to ensure that the EPP candidate, the next president of the European Commission.

Weber has not only the support of the European Council, but also of an absolute majority in the European Parliament. Last year, he expressed his concern about the fact that, after the next European elections could be difficult for a pro-European coalition on the leg.

Leave a Comment