Things are getting tight for Ursula von der Leyen. The SPD, the Greens and the Left have already announced that they will not vote for the President of the EU Commission. Liberals keep their heads covered. The encouragement comes from the critics of the EU.
The election of Ursula von der Leyen to the presidency of the European Commission next Tuesday could be a thrill. For the Minister of Defense at least 347 of the 747 total deputies had to vote. The greens and the left have already canceled, the SPD believes that the Leyens are inadmissible, the social democrats of other countries are skeptical. Liberals reported that they wanted to keep the decision open. "If the liberals vote for them, it seems to be open at the moment," FDP leader Christian Lindner told newspapers in the Funke media group. Thus the voices of sharp European critics from countries such as Hungary are becoming increasingly important to von der Leyen.
The Foreign Minister of Hungary, Peter Szijjarto, pointed out that, despite the difficult arguments in refugee policy, members of the ruling party Fidesz would vote for the German candidate. "Certainly we will have discussions, it is correct, but what I also know is that Ursula von der Leyen respects the member states," he told the "Augsburger Allgemeine". At the same time it has threatened new conflicts: "In the future we will urge even more the EU to stop the migration towards the EU".
Message: Von der Leyen must distance himself from the rights
The general secretary of the European Social Democratic Party (PES), Achim Post, does not expect a majority for von der Leyen without the votes of the right-wing camp. It seems "very doubtful that they can unite the majority only with parliamentary groups at the center of parliament", Post wrote in a guest contribution for the "Tagesspiegel".
"However, it is becoming increasingly clear that those right-wing and right-wing national parties whose governments have already supported the nomination of von der Leyen could now vote in parliament," emphasizes Post, who is also the vice-president of the parliamentary group of the # 39. ; SPD is. Von der Leyen should state unequivocally that he did not want to be elected by the votes of the right and right nationalists of Hungary, Poland or Italy.
Weber: I'm deeply disappointed
Meanwhile, CSU politician Manfred Weber, who was below post-poker, criticized personal relationships with his person. "I am still deeply disappointed," he said at the Augsburger Allgemeine. "What hurts is the personal discredit I experienced," the 46-year-old said.
Weber was one of the best candidates, but after the European elections he failed to obtain a majority in the European Parliament or the heads of state of the European Council for his election as President of the Commission. As a result, he had therefore renounced in favor of the Leyens.
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