This is how the battle for TV in Europe went: strident warning of the scenario "The Throne of Swords" – Foreign Policy


The British have decided to leave the European Union. But during their departure, they destroy themselves violently. And the right-wing populists, especially in other member states, sabotage Europe. This is why the election to the new European Parliament is so important!

A week before the European elections, six candidates discussed the future of the European Union in the European Parliament. The battle was shown on news channels and on the Internet.

90 minutes, 6 candidates, 3 journalists. It was the only event in the electoral campaign in which the best candidates of the six major groups of the European Parliament challenged each other for Rededuell. 60 seconds to respond were Manfred Weber (conservatives), Frans Timmermans (social democrats), Margrethe Vestager (liberals), Ska Keller (green), Nico Cué (left) and Jan Zahradil (conservative-liberal reformer).

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The Zoff points

Once again, the fight against climate change has caused conflicts. Timmermans and Keller accused Weber of putting his party on the brakes on the subject. Timmermans has again asked for an aviation fuel tax and a CO2 tax for all companies. At the same time he tried to forge an alliance with the Greens and the Left on the subject. His appeal: "Let us make the next European Commission put the problem on top of the agenda". Weber rejects the mandatory tax on the emission of carbon dioxide which is harmful to the climate and relies on innovation.

Is the EU threatening the fate of the "Game of Thrones"?

Otherwise, the differences between the candidates have become clear. Jan Zahradil of the liberal-conservative reformers has asked that the European Commission interfere less in the affairs of the Member States. He also denied that any state of the EU should accept asylum seekers. Timmermans, Keller, Vestager and Cué, on the other hand, were favorable.

Timmermans became even more explicit, he warned about the British release from the EU: "Look at what the Brexit dispute in the UK has done. Today, Britain has the appearance of "Game of Thrones" on steroids. "

Who won the battle?

Within the 90 minutes, each individual had little time. Especially for the less informed viewers, the evening provided a good overview. Most verbal attacks had to parry Weber – which he usually managed to do. He couldn't put his accents. Timmermans succeeded in this, which received strong applause for suggestions such as the right to vote from the age of 16.

While Vestager also makes succinct statements, "For me, a tax haven is a place where companies pay taxes." Overall, however, the usually witty Danish remained rather pale. He rarely gave up his ideas.

Who has the chance to win the election?

Weber and Timmermans actually have the best prospects as candidates for the major political groups. Weber's EPP should return to the Social Democrats. However, the heads of state and government do not want to engage in the fact that even the best candidate from the strongest group will become head of the commission. Some of them have been skeptical about this principle and in the end have the right to propose the place. This is why Weber could hinder others, such as the French Michel Barnier, who has gained much respect as Brexit's chief negotiator.

This was the fight

The selection of topics was the responsibility of the European Broadcasting Union, a consortium of dozens of radio stations from 56 European countries. The producers were looking for the widest possible program. Among other things, it concerned unemployment, migration, climate change and the role of Europe in the world. These are some of the issues that Europeans are most concerned with based on recent polls.

Weber and Timmermans discussed the one with the other last week in the ARD election arena. On this Thursday (20.15 clock) they present the ZDF and the Austrian ORF the second stage. From 10.15 pm today at ZDF they will discuss the best German candidates of FDP, Left, Greens and AfD.

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