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EU Elections 2019 14-11-2018

ECR puts forward Czech MEP as their Spitzenkandidat nominee

Czech MEP Jan Zahradil will be the lead candidate of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) to run for the presidency of the next European Commission, party chief Syed Kamall announced on Tuesday (13 October).
EU Elections 2019 12-11-2018

Spitzenkandidat picks: Manfred Weber, EPP

With no real debating at the big debate, the EPP's Helsinki Congress picked their Spitzenkandidat contender for the European elections. EURACTIV takes a closer look at the party's new old face, Manfred Weber.
EU Elections 2019 08-11-2018

Weber wins EPP Spitzenkandidat in landslide victory

German Manfred Weber was crowned Spitzenkandidat of the EPP, the European Parliament's largest party, on Thursday (8 November), after he swept to victory in a contest that saw ex-Finnish Prime minister Alexander Stubb win only 20% of the votes.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

Weber: EPP has answers to populism and extremism

European People's Party leader Manfred Weber, a potential candidate for the top Commission job, says his party is loyal to its Christian Democratic principles and has solutions for populism and extremism. EURACTIV'S media partner Euroefe reports.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

How to #Spitzenkandidat

As the European elections loom closer, one question rings ever louder in the Brussels corridors: How will the Parliament’s main political groups choose their candidates for the EU’s top jobs?
EU Elections 2019 05-11-2018

Timmermans to be Socialist Spitzenkandidat after Sefcovic withdraws

Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be the lead candidate of the Party of European Socialists in next year's EU elections, the party announced on Monday (5 November) after his rival Maroš Šefčovič withdrew from the race and backed the Dutchman instead.
EU Elections 2019 05-11-2018

Why Europe needs Alex Stubb

University Professor Brent F. Nelsen explains why his former student, Alexander Stubb, should be the next European Commission president.
EU Elections 2019 25-10-2018

Researcher: After the elections, the Commission will certainly be more colourful

Fears of the populist right seizing control of the European Parliament after the 2019 elections are greatly exaggerated, says Piotr Buras. But the new European Parliament and Commission that will come out of the election will certainly be more colourful, he says.
EU Elections 2019 19-10-2018

European Left leader: All leftwing and progressive parties must oppose rise of far-right

Progressive forces need to stand up to the rise of far-right movements by building a social, Gregor Gysi said in an interview with EURACTIV, and the run-up to the EU elections provides a "historic window of opportunity".
EU Elections 2019 18-10-2018

Salvini gets ready for Spitzenkandidaten battle

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is considering running for the presidency of the European Commission if a coalition of nationalist groups wins the next EU elections, he said in an interview Thursday (18 October).
EU Elections 2019 12-10-2018

Stubb: No room for populism in EPP, European values are under threat

After serving his country as a minister and prime minister, and gaining first-hand experience in dealing with some of the EU's biggest crises, Alexander Stubb is now vying for the top job in the European Commission. He presented his credentials during an interview with EURACTIV.
EU Elections 2019 11-10-2018

Timmermans, the right-hand of Juncker, eyes EU throne

Frans Timmermans confirmed on Wednesday (10 October) that he wants to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission next year, dismissing concerns that he has made too many enemies to stand a fighting chance of succeeding his current boss.
EU Elections 2019 04-10-2018

Margrethe Vestager’s uncertain future in Brussels

Four years spent fighting against the monopoly of the US digital giants have given Margrethe Vestager political prominence. But due to a lack of support from Copenhagen for a second mandate, the competition Commissioner is expected to leave Brussels after the elections. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 03-10-2018

Stubb: A Macron-style candidate against the conservative Weber

The former Finnish Prime Minister, Alexander Stubb, wants to defend European values within the right-wing, and this approach may split the European People’s Party a bit more. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 19-09-2018

Austrian ex-chancellor Kern to run for centre-left Spitzenkandidat

As expected, opposition leader Christian Kern said yesterday (18 September) he would run as top candidate for the Austrian Social Democrats in the European Parliament elections next year, aiming to help build a strong counterweight to growing nationalist forces.
EU Elections 2019 17-09-2018

Sefcovic officially enters the Spitzenkandidaten battle

Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič announced officially on Monday (17 September) his candidacy to be the leading candidate of his social-democrat political group in the campaign for the 2019 European elections.
EU Elections 2019 17-09-2018

Czech MEP: I want to be ECR’s lead candidate, not an EU top job candidate

Czech MEP Jan Zahradil has recently announced his intention to become the ECR's lead candidate for the 2019 European Elections. He is a supporter of a multi-speed Union, with freedom for member states to pursue a foreign policy that best suits their own interests.
EU Elections 2019 10-09-2018

Weber: I am concerned about key issues in Hungary

EURACTIV Poland's media partner "Gazeta Wyborcza" interviewed Manfred Weber, who announced his candidacy to be the Spitzenkandidat of the European Peoples' Party in the 2019 European elections.
EU Elections 2019 06-09-2018

Macron seeks new ‘progressive’ coalition for 2019 European elections

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to shake up the EU political ecosystem, hoping to forge a new progressive alliance at the end of this year for the 2019 European Parliament elections, a source in his office said on Wednesday (5 September).
EU Elections 2019 05-09-2018

Spitzenkandidaten: A Bavarian on the Commission throne?

Only a few contributions from the ranks of the Bavarian CSU in recent months suggested their competence on European issues. Now one of them is aiming for the highest post Brussels has to offer. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 03-09-2018

Austria’s ex-Chancellor Kern as Spitzenkandidat?

Ahead of the 2019 European elections, there are considerations whether former Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern could become a Spitzenkandidat for the Austrian SPÖ for the European election campaign. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Future EU 31-08-2018

Weber to announce candidacy focusing on migration

Blessed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and backed by big national delegations, Germany’s CSU heavyweight Manfred Weber is expected to soon confirm his candidacy for the post of the new European Commission president, with migration emerging as the top issue on his agenda.
EU Elections 2019 31-08-2018

Merkel chooses Weber as candidate for EU top job

Angela Merkel has given her backing to fellow German conservative Manfred Weber's bid to front the centre-right's campaign in next year's European Parliament elections, several German newspapers reported on Thursday (30 August).
Future EU 13-07-2018

How the Spitzenkandidaten process will work ahead of 2019 elections

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The European elections are looming ever closer but how will the Parliament's main political groups choose their candidates for the EU's top jobs in the lead-up to May 2019?