EP election update 22 March 

ALDE choose Team Europe

ALDE presented its Team Europe of 7 leaders to spearhead its electoral campaign and to be in the running for the top jobs in the summer. The team was constructed to ensure gender and geographical balance and to offer an alternative to the individual Spitzenkandidat selected by the other main groups.

  • Nicola Beer(Germany): Secretary General and Lead candidate of FDP
  • Emma Bonino( Italy): Senator for Rome and Lead candidate of Più Europa
  • Violeta Bulc (Slovenia): European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport
  • Katalin Cseh (Hungary): Doctor in obstetrics and gynecology and Lead candidate of Momentum
  • Luis Garicano  (Spain): Professor of Economics , Lead candidate of Ciudadanos
  • Guy Verhofstadt (Belgium): ALDE Group Leader and Lead candidate of Open Vld
  • Margrethe Vestager (Denmark): European Commissioner for Competition

Orban’s party suspended from EPP

The EPP have suspended Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party with immediate effect and set up an evaluation committee to monitor their progress in respecting EPP values, headed by former President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. Suspension means that Fidesz will no longer be present at party meetings, lose voting rights and not be eligible for any top jobs. This falls short of the expulsion from the party which 13 EPP parties had requested and could still damage Manfred Weber’s chances of winning the support of other groups for his candidacy for Commission President.

Other news

  • The UK could still take part in the elections if a long extension is requested by April 12.
  • A new Dutch populist party, Forum for Democracy, achieved a stunning victory in the Dutch provincial elections, winning more seats than the governing Liberal party (VVD). They will sit with the ECR group and are on course to win 3 seats.
  • The French Socialists have chosen someone from outside their party to head the list.  Raphael Glucksmann from Place Publique will head the joint list with the hope of attracting other left wing movements.
  • Belgian Socialists Maria Arena and Marc Tarabella are well placed to return, with Tarabella set to replace Paul Magnette, the head of the list, who has said he will not take up his seat.