In Europe, a week after the elections, Germany and France, the two main leaders of the old continent, seem to disagree when it comes to elect the new European Commission President.
While Germany has been leading the European Union since the 2008 financial crisis, it seems that Emmanuel Macron might want to take over the leadership.
However, Angela Merkel does not seem to agree to leave France having a key role in Europe. While German chancellor backed German center-right Manfred Weber, Macron has expressed his wish to divide the leading role into four jobs – two led by women and two by men.
Germany and France have repeatedly disagreed on several topics lately – from Brexit to the migrants crisis. They will have to find an agreement on June 22nd.
Not only this shows a new division between France and Germany, but it also reflects on the European elections’ results. For the Guardian, “European elections left things as clear as mud”.
EU elections: Major losses expected for mainstream parties – follow the results live https://t.co/v4wgk88mFv
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) May 26, 2019
While the two main blocs of right and left wings have bene stable since 1999, they have lost a considerable place at the 751-seat parliament – which will host new parties.
2016-established Macron’s En Marche party won 23 seats and will enter the Commission for the first time. Angela Merkel’s party lost 36 seats, and Germany’s “center-left Socialists & Democrats lost 39 seats, to reduce their total to 146”, reported the national media Deutsche Welle.
Not to mention the alt-right and nationalist parties who have strongly risen: Nigel Farage’s Brexit party who took home 31.71% of the vote, to Marine Le Pen’s far-right historical French party who won with 23.31% and the Italian right-wing Lega, led by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini which took victory with 34.33%.
Last but not least, the Green Party won 19 seats, making it even more difficult for European leaders to decide for an unifying leader.
Macron ignited a media storm
Regardless of the particular situation, the German Chancellor kept on communicating her will to support Weber. “We stand by our lead candidate, the EPP candidate, that is Manfred Weber. We have responsibility towards our voters, and we will have to wait and see. It’s too early to speak about this, everyone needs to show tolerance and a willingness to engage in compromise”, she said to Deutsche Welle.
French President Emmanuel Macron says Barnier, Vestager and Timmermans have what it takes to head the European Commission. No word of Manfred Weber though… pic.twitter.com/VHh2r0ToCA
— DW Europe (@dw_europe) May 28, 2019
In reaction, Emmanuel Macron organized a press conference to explain his quite different opinion. “I want to unite. If everyone remains stuck on names as they are, we’ll be blocked”, he replied.
Mr Macron also added that the alarming pro-nationalism results had to be taken seriously, as all alt-right parties across Europe turned out to be largely popular.
They were the strongest in France, which makes Marine le Pen the potential strongest candidate against Macron for the 2022 Presidential elections.
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Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron will meet this Thursday in Aachen, Germany as they have confirmed to the press they would be available to agree on the new leader by June, 22nd.