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Macron supports strong personalities for EU top jobs

At his arrival to the EU Informal Summit President Emmanuel Macron said on he prefers two women and two men with strong personalities to lead the European Union in the next five years. French President declined to name his favorite candidates at this stage, but he mentioned the  names of the contestants as Frans Timmermans, Margrethe Vestager, and Michel Barnier, next to the official spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber.

The key for me is for the people at the most sensitive positions to share our project and be the most charismatic, creative and competent possible,Macron told press corps after an informal dinner of EU leaders in Brussels. 

I’m not part of those who… want leaders of the European Commission or the European Council who don’t overshadow national leaders,” he explained. And added that it is not about the names or candidates, but about uniting people, and advancing the European project.

Informal EU leaders Summit

After the European Parliament elections EU heads of state or government will meet for a summit on 28 May 2019 in Brussels.

They will discuss the outcome of the vote and launch the procedure of the nomination process for the heads of the EU institutions.

“Naturally, this process will follow the rules set down in the Treaties. It should reflect geographical balance as well as demography, so that both large and smaller countries are represented in the highest positions in the EU.”

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

President Tusk, who announced the meeting after the summit in Sibiu, stressed that he would like the European Council to nominate the new EU leaders in June 2019.


Europarliament renewal ends status quo

Eurocentric parties held  two-thirds of seats in the  new European Parliament, official projections from the bloc’s elections, however far right parties have risen considerably.

Exit polls indicate that Marine Le Pen‘s Le Rassemblement national (RN) won with 24% of the vote. President Emmanuel Macron‘s En arche (LaRem) came second with 22.5% of the votes. The ecologists Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) 

Marine Le Pen lead is the heavy blow for President Macron, who places the EU central in his program of reforms, finding in “more Europe” an answer to the majority of challenges France faces, opposing Marine Le Pens anti-immigration, Eurosceptic plans.

Marine Le Pen‘s Italian ally Matteo Salvini  Lega made a leap projected of winning between 33 -34% of the vote, putting it comfortably in front of the center-left Democratic Party of its partner in national government, the Five Star Movement (M5S).

The rise of Eurosceptic parties and Greens challenge the status quo of policy-making in the European Parliament, as a two-party “grand coalition” of the conservative European People’s Party (EPP) and the Socialists (S&D) no longer has a majority. The liberals, with over 100 seats and Greens, with around 70, will impose their views.

However the “grand coalition” faces another problem which splits it – the claim of the place of the president of the European Commission, the de facto prime-minister of the EU. The Socialists are determined to create another,  left-wing coalition of “progressive reform“, to propel its candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, Dutchman Frans Timmermans to the top.

However the  victories of Eurosceptic forces are not limited to the old EU member-states: the biggest east Europe member – Poland voted in favor of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party winning an impressive victory over a coalition of opposition parties. Preliminary PiS had 46%, and the opposition European Coalition had 38% of votes.

Hungary alliance Fidesz-KDNP, challenging the EU mass-migration policy, has demonstrated an outstanding vitality with 52% of votes, being far ahead of all the competitors.

However the absolute election record has been established by the British Eurosceptic Nigel Farage. Taking a rocket-fast vertical start, newly born Brexit party wins 32% of electorate, leaving to the ruling Conservatives just 9% .Most probably this extraordinary success was the reason behind Tory leader Theresa May leader teas, while announcing her resignation.


Dublin Greens remarkable rise

The Green party is in contention to win three Members of European Parliament (MEP) seats in Ireland’s European elections after an official exit poll said its three candidates are all on course for Brussels success.

The sorting of votes in the European and Local Elections has been underway since 9am this morning.

The European election counts for Ireland’s three constituencies will not start until tomorrow morning.


In his first interview after the exit poll predictions, the party’s leader, Eamon Ryan, says a ‘green wave’ in Ireland is reflecting what is happening in other European countries.

“There is a green wave of public consciousness in Ireland and we’ve been waiting for it for a long time,” said Mr Ryan.

EU elections UK exit polls ban

Unlike the Netherlands, the UK prohibits to publish results of exit polls, or any opinions about voting until all Britons vote in the other member-state of the European Union until 23:00 Brussels time on May, 26.

Facing criminal offence charges the UK editors are banned from publishing any opinion poll on any issue relating to politics or the election until after the polls have closed.

Britons voted for election of  73 Members of the European Parliament, amounting 751 total.



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Dutch Labour leads in surprise victory

The Socialist (Labour)  party of European Commissioner Frans Timmermans (pictured) won a surprise victory in a Dutch election for European Parliament, an exit poll showed,  beating a Eurosceptic challenger who had been topping the polls.

The leading social democrat candidate to head the EU Commission, Timmermans propelled his pro-European party to a win, taking more than 18% of the vote.

The upstart far right Forum for Democracy of nationalist Thierry Baudet, which had been neck and neck in polls alongside Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s c, finished third at 11% (3 seats), the exit poll showed.

A European breakthrough ! Thanks for all the votes! We will be tireless for the DUTCH sake over the next five years!

Dutch Labour doubled its 2014 result, showing and beat opinion polls, most of which showed it finishing third at best. At chart below PvdA wins 5 seats in the European Parliament.


Baudet leading in Dutch exit polls

Dutch ‘Forum for Democracy’ party, led by Thierry Baudet (36), scores 15% of votes, challenging the incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte, according to exit polls. Nationalist, promoting “Dutch first” slogan, he made a revolution in politics, overturning politically correct cultural relativism, and is set to ascend further, gaining impressive number of votes in European elections in the Netherlands on 23 of May.

Baudet, who imposed himself “the most important intellectual in the Netherlands” in a 2016 tweet, emphasizes “Dutch first” cultural and economic themes. He blames immigration for the decline of Christian, European civilization and wants the Netherlands to leave the European Union.

Forum for Democracy party came in first in provincial elections in March, ahead of Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (Liberal).

Baudet has drawn support largely from the Freedom party of his right-wing competitor Geert Wilders, another Eurosceptic best known for his campaign against Islam,  who is polling near a decade low of 5%. The decline blamed to lack of openness of the party to the newcomers, and personal authoritarian style of Wilders, who runs it as CEO of an enterprise.


Farage Brexit party leads Eurosceptics

The European Parliament election in the UK on May 23 is expected to demonstrate the polarization of views over Brexit, with strongly Eurosceptic and Eurocentric parties. (Image above: European Parliament, Strasbourg, France).

The pro-Brexit voters are largely expected to support Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. Among the Remainers the vote will be splintered between several strongly Eurocentric parties: the Liberal Democrats, Change UK and the Green Party.

The United Kingdom is divided into 12 electoral regions – nine in England, and one each for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In total it will elect 73 Members of the European Parliament (MEP).

Parties submit a list of candidates for each region, and voters select a party rather than an individual candidate. As the seats are allocated to a party, they in turn allocate them to candidates starting from the top of their list.

Britain is taking part in the elections because it delayed the date of its exit from the EU, but its MEPs will leave the parliament when Brexit happens. If the UK has left the EU by the end of June, the MEPs will not take up their seats.

Orban withdraws support to Weber for top EU job

The leader of Germany’s conservatives made clear she expected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party would quit Europe’s main center-right group –European People’s Party (EPP) – after he withdrew support for Manfred Weber (pictured) – the bloc’s candidate to head the European Commission.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, signaled that the anti-immigrant, hard-right Orban had crossed a river.

With his behavior in the last few days and the meeting with (Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini), he has given a clear sign that he will leave,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer. At present Fidesz is suspended from EPP as a result of disagreement on various policies.

Weber would have been good for us as president of the commission,” Orban said, “but he made the statement that not only does he not need the Hungarian votes but he doesn’t even want the Hungarian votes to become commission president.”

In March Weber told German broadcaster ZDF that he “would not accept the post” of Commission president if he had to depend on votes from Fidesz, Orban‘s party.

That is such an offense to Hungary and the Hungarian voters,Orban added.

Orban said he could no longer support Manfred Weber after he “insulted” Hungarians.


Marine ahead of Macron in EU elections polls

Attracting 22% of the vote Marine Le Pen party RN will be ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s REM party, an Ipsos poll claims, while forecasting the possible outcome of the upcoming European Parliament elections.

It was the first time Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (RN) – re-branded National Front – overtook Macron’s REM in an Ipsos survey ahead of the EU election this year, although other, daily polls have shown the RN in pole position before.

In France the EU elections will be held on May 26.

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