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2024 Spitzenkandidaten


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).

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