European Parliament make-up and the battle for Commission presidency

European Parliament make-up and the battle for Commission presidency
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In a night of upsets and celebrations the make-up of the European Parliament will get a new look. The centre-right European People’s Party remains the dominant force in Brussels, while the Socialists have gained a few more seats, and the Liberals remain in third position.

But who will get the top job? The EPP group’s Jean-Claude Juncker is one of the European Commission President hopefuls and the Luxemburger believes he has it in the bag.

“I suppose I will be chosen because the EPP clearly won, in double digits, these election so I will have to negotiate with other political forces in order to organise the majority,” he said.

Hot on his heels is the Socialist candidate and former European Parliament President Martin Schulz. As the leader of the second largest party he doesn’t see the result quite so clear cut.

“One thing is clear – the EPP is losing sixty seats in the parliament and another thing is clear as well, without an agreement with a Social Democratic group in the parliament no majority is possible,” explained Schulz.

EU heads of state are expected to select their favourite on Tuesday, after which the 751 newly elected MEPs will have their say in a plenary session mid-July.

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