Manfred Weber appeared to cling to his bid for the European Commission presidency in an interview with Welt newspaper on Sunday, as the German conservative urged EU lawmakers to push back against decisions made in "diplomats' back rooms."
"Fidesz is doing a good job in Hungary and they have a good economic development there. On the other hand..."
More than one month after the European Parliamentary elections, there seems little sign of agreement between parliamentary groups or between member states' leaders on who should replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the president of the European Commission.
Manfred Weber has secured the backing of his centre-right European People's Party to lead them in the next parliament.
The news marks a major U-turn for the Hungarian prime minister, who has long been at odds with the centre-right spitzenkandidat.
Brussels is digesting the election results this Monday, but Tuesday will be see EU leaders meet in the Belgian capital to barter over who will take over the Commission President's job from Jean-Claude Juncker this Autumn.
"I can tell you one thing for sure: We do not consider any Spitzenkandidat suitable as the president of the European Commission."
The prospects of a populist, Far Right takeover in the European Parliament have been overhyped in the media. They are going to remain internally divided. They are going to remain in the minority and they are going to be increasingly marginalised.
The eurosceptic party leapfrogged Matteo Salvini's Lega party in the latest projections.
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In the lead up to the European elections, we are covering all of the political groupings. This time it's the turn of the Greens group.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán withdrew his support from Manfred Weber Monday at a press conference with Austrian far-right politician Heinz-Christian Strache.
European People's Party leader Manfred Weber was in Austria in the run up to European parliamentary elections to try to bolster unity within his party
The four candidates seeking to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president spoke about their vision for the European Union
Manfred Weber, the European People's Party candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President, outlines his European vision
With just three weeks to go elections for the European Parliament, four candidates for the continent’s top job went head to head in a debate at the European University Institute in Florence.
German conservative parties, the CDU and CSU, have launched a joint campaign for the European Parliamentary elections next month with Manfred Weber as their candidate.
With one month to go until voters across Europe head to the polls, this week we're explaining exactly what the European Parliament does, examining the role of data electioneering in a post-Cambridge Analytica age and meeting three very different candidates
An ex-TV presenter, a Commission insider, a former Belgian prime minister as well as MEPs are all in the running for the European Commission President when Jean-Claude Juncker's term is up later this year. Their fates depend on the European elections, and now you have the chance to question them.
"We should be honest and that includes that Turkey cannot become a member of the European Union," Manfred Weber told Euronews on Tuesday.
The leader of the European People's Party, Manfred Weber, presented his campaign promises in a bid for the EU's top job,
The two main candidates to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, Manfred Weber and Frans Timmermans, said how they felt about Brexit in a France 24 TV debate.
Centre-right poised to remain largest group in EU Parliament, new poll says, but far-right set for major gains.
A leader from Poland's Law and Justice party called a recent LGBT declaration an "attack on children".
Crisis meeting to avoid further escalation with Hungary's ruling Fidesz party
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