The European Council (heads of national governments and states) has nominated Ursula von der Leyen (CDU-EPP) as the candidate for the EU Commission Presidency. She now needs to secure a majority in the EU Parliament. This is what we project for the vote:
The German term spitzenkandidat – plural spitzenkandidaten – traditionally refers to the lead candidate of a party.
Before the European Election campaign starts, each party on the European level can publicly announce who their transnational spitzenkandidat will be, informally making them the face of their election bid. The spitzenkandidat who can secure a majority governing coalition in the European Parliament (353 MEPs) will become European Commission President if nominated by the European Council (Heads of national governments and states).
Potential Coalitions to support a spitzenkandidat
Based on the distribution of seats as of 2 July 2019.
The candidates of the 2019 EU Election campaign
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