Manfred Weber as a new figurehead for EPP

The European people’s Party (EPP), the German Manfred Weber (46) elected as ‘Spitzenkandidat for the European elections in may 2019. The chance is big that it is current commission President Jean-Claude Juncker followed.

This is Weber, the current leader of the EPP in the European Parliament, now the EPP candidate for the presidency of the next European Commission. He has just a socket for the Spitzenkandidaten of other parties: the EPP is for decades the largest political group in the European district. So it’s likely that Weber Jean-Claude Juncker may follow.

The 46-year-old Weber was beforehand the pronounced favorite, with the support of Angela Merkel, the Dutch christian Democrats (CDA) and the CD&V. He took it easy of the Finnish ex-prime minister Alexander Stubb. Weber was Thursday morning, the preference of 492 of 619 EPP-members who have a valid vote submitted in Helsinki.

“What a special and great day,” responded Weber after. “This is not the success of an individual, but of us as a party and our clear vision on the future of the European continent.’ The new Spitzenkandidat trod the campaign for 2019 official.

Losing candidate Stubb congratulated the German. “I can say that I fully support our leader for the next European elections sta. I think he is a great leader and that we have him for the full 100 percent support, ” says Stubb.


Weber may have good cards, yet it is not a foregone conclusion that he is also President. Before that, he must first be put forward by the European heads of government.

The system of Spitzenkandidaten was first introduced by the previous European elections of 2014. Each European political party nominates a candidate for the presidency of the Commission, after which the normal to the candidate of the largest political group in the European Parliament is to the daily management of the European Union in our hands.

For the social democrats is that after the sudden withdrawal of Maros Sefcovic to be a foregone conclusion: the Dutch Eurocommissars Frans Timmermans will be there next month at a conference in Lisbon on the shield lifted.

At the greens , Belgian senator Petra De Sutter, the Dutchman Bas Eickhout, the German Ska Keller and the Bulgarian Atanas Schmidt, one of the two green Spitzenkandidaten. That decision falls at the end of november at a conference in Berlin.

To radical right-wing side considering the Italian minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini a candidacy. That would be a first for the eurosceptics.

The liberals are rumors of a spitzenkandidatenteam the round, but clarity is not there yet, also because the precise cooperation with the And Marche of the French president Emmanuel Macron is yet to be. The betrothal would certainly later this week, was sealed at a conference in Madrid.

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