The European People’s Party, which won the European Parliament’s elections has showed willingness to drop its Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber, if it can still secure the post of the head of the European Commission, debated currently in a Brussels summit.
In the extended summit of the European Union, France and Spain are pushing for socialist Frans Timmermans to head the European Commission, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had agreed to it as part of a broader package deal with other political families.
Belgian news portal EurActiv reports on Tuesday, July 2, at a meeting of the EPP group in the European Parliament, unnamed sources said that the conservative lawmakers agreed that socialist Frans Timmermans should in no way become the next EU Commission chief.
«EPP lawmakers could reconsider their opinion on the Spitzenkandidaten process as long as they get the presidency of the EU executive,» a source explained to the news portal.
In another setback for EPP’s Spitzenkandidat Weber, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has last week expressed opposition him, by saying he would support «any moderate candidate who has not offended the people of Europe’s south like Weber did».
EURACTIV commented that in such a scenario, the name of Frenchman, EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier is likely to reappear and that Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Renew Europe political group is supportive of Barnier’s appointment.